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1916
SUNBEAMS

Model Range
Production of the 1915 range continued for most of the year until civilian production was suspended by the British Government's Ministry of Munitions on the 3 November 1916

The the 3 h.p. Standard model continued to be produced for the War Department as a 'General Service' model (engines stamped 'GS'). The 1916 catalogue showed it used for side-car outfits.

Both 6 h.p. and 8 h.p. v-twin machines were listed in the year's catalogue. The former presumably the AKD (Abingdon King Dick) engined machine from the previous year. The 8 h.p. model involved fitting a Swiss MAG engine of 996cc (82x94mm) into the frame of the 6 h.p. machine. These machines  were supplied to various Allied armies as ambulance and armoured (machine gun) outfits.

A belt-driven Sunbeam (the only one ever manufactured) was built to French Government specification. Its 5 h.p. rating was the result of a modified 3 h.p. engine to give a capacity of 550cc (85x96mm) - based on George Dance's pre-war experimentations. The gearbox was also unconventional for Sunbeam, having both primary and final drives together on the nearside of the machine. Robert Cordon Champ refers to a production run of less than 1,000 machines.

Sources:
* Robert Cordon Champ, 1980, 'The Sunbeam Motorcycle'. Haynes Publishing.
* Robert Cordon Champ, 1989, 'The Illustrated History of Sunbeam Bicycles and Motorcycles'. Haynes Publishing.

 

 

T H E   Y E A R ' S   M O D E L S  
3 h.p. Standard model / War Department GS (General Service) model no photo No contemporary photo but Brendan Kelly has kindly provided details of his restored 1916 General Service model.

Follow the link to the Running 'n' Riding section of the website.

3 h.p. TT model - no photo  
6 h.p. (798cc) AKD v-twin model - no photo  
8 h.p. (996cc) MAG v-twin model

 

Robert Cordon Champ refers to only one known survival of this model, used to drive a saw mill in the UK's Black Country.

Peter Ashen recounts the restoration of his 'White Russian' MAG-engined Sunbeam in the newsletter of the North Birmingham Section of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club. The article is in two parts. The links are below:-

http://www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk/extras/newsletter%20Mar%202007.pdf

http://www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk/extras/newsletter%20May%202007.pdf

4 h.p. (550cc) French Military model - no photo  
 

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