Sunbeam S7 motorcycle

Made:
1948-1950 in Redditch

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Sunbeam S7 500 cc motor cycle, c.1950. The S7 was designed by Erling Poppe, along with the S8 and S7 ‘Deluxe’, and based on the BMW R75. The S7 was produced between 1946 and 1948 updated by the S7 ‘Deluxe’ and S8 in 1949. Before the Second World War Sunbeam had the reputation for first class workmanship, termed the ‘Rolls-Royce of single cylinder motorcycles’ and ‘the gentleman’s motorcycle’. However the S7 was expensive and the cheaper S7 ‘Deluxe’ and S8 with a simpler design still didn’t sell very well. There were some problems in the design and the comfort aimed for was not entirely achieved, eventually production of the S7 and the S8 ended in 1956.

Details

Category:
Road Transport
Object Number:
1951-193
Materials:
aluminium, glass, leatherette, metal, rubber, steel or chromium plated or painted
Measurements:
overall weight: x x , , 196kg
type:
motorcycles
credit:
B.S.A. Cycles Ltd.

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