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New Imperial 8hp De luxe 1917 1000cc 2 cyl sv


New Imperial 8hp De luxe 1917 1000cc 2 cyl sv

Manufacturer: New Imperial

Model: 8hp De luxe

Year: 1917
Displacement: 964 cc
Cylinder: 2 JAP
Engine type: 4-stroke / sv
Bore / Stroke: 85 x 85 mm
Power: 20hp

Frame number: T1014
Engine number: 868403 EXIL

The Birmingham bicycle factory produced its first motorcycle in 1901, a front wheel drive contraption with the engine mounted on the handlebars and a belt drive to the front wheel. It was not well received and the firm reverted to bicycles for the remainder of the century's first decade. By 1912 they were back, this time with three motorcycles on offer, and two years later they released their landmark model, the 300cc Light Tourist. It was a resounding success. Subsequent to the Great War, New Imperial began competing in the TT races in the Lightweight class with considerable success - six wins, including one in the Junior class, the last being in 1936. By the middle of the 1920's the company was building 300 machines per month, but when the depression began in the 30s they were hit hard and never recovered, finally ceasing motorcycle manufacture in 1938 when it slipped into insolvency. On the 6th October 1939 a new owner purchased the company and changed the name to Clifford Aero & Auto Ltd. This company built components for Lancaster and Spitfire aircraft, and it would not have amused the Germans to learn that the two men most closely associated with the company at that time, Jack Sangster and Solomon Joseph, were Jewish. New Imperial of Birmingam used Precision and JAP engines of 250 to 1000cc until 1925 when they introduced their own powerplants of 146cc to 498cc.

This New Imperial is one of four known surviving motorcycles and was featured in "British Classics" magazine (6/2013 edition). It´s equipped with a complete acetylene lighting, hand operated horn, Brown & Barlow caburetor and a 3 speed gearbox. It runs well and smooth.