Issues are seldom what they appear …


SG– …skim milk masquerades as cream!  So wrote W S Gilbert within the nonetheless humorous Gilbert and Sullivan musical H M S Pinafore (first efficiency 1878). 

 And it appears to me these very phrases apply to a machine at the moment marketed on the Automobile and Traditional web page. It’s listed as a Mannequin 25 and the restorer has definitely made loads of effort to make it appear like one. However is it?  The engine –  quantity absolutely seen within the pictures – began life in a Mannequin 21 equipped in March 1927 to sellers Harold Petty in Leicester, who in flip delivered it to their buyer, one other Leicester resident, later in March. The advertiser (in Italy) kindly gave me the body quantity however  it’s not the one which began life with this engine in it and albeit I couldn’t discover it within the information. However I settle for I’ll have neglected it. Suffice to say, it’s not Mannequin 25 as it’s lacking the total wrap round magneto assist bracket on the entrance down tube. Different modifications to make it seem extra like a Mannequin 25 are the massive measurement oil tank, massive measurement petrol tank with high bleed faucet, and LS gearbox – fitted to some Mannequin 25s constructed to racing specification.  Additionally the very properly made leather-based tank-top device field. The forks are customary interval Webbs and the entrance brake is a 7″ unit by the seems of issues. Mannequin 25s had TT Webb forks and an 8″ Enfield entrance hub. Of minor significance, the exhaust valve lifter mechanism fitted is of the kind used on similar interval ES2s and 1929 Mannequin 18/19s and the ML magneto is the flawed kind. 

Is it trying machine ? Sure!  

I’ve recommended to the advertiser that he alters his description to ‘Reproduction Mannequin 25’ – to date with out response.

Is it definitely worth the asking worth of Euros 39.500? For my part, No! One thing a bit over Euros 20.000 maybe!