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Sarolea 23T 1925 500cc 1 cyl sv


Sarolea 23T 1925 500cc 1 cyl sv

Manufacturer: Sarolea

Model: 23T

Year: 1925
Displacement: 500 cc
Cylinder: 1
Engine type: 4-stroke / sv
Bore / Stroke: 80.5 x 97.0 mm

Frame number: 24448
Engine number: 12025

The firm was established by Joseph Saroléa in 1850 at Herstal (Liege) as an arms factory, and bicycle production began in 1892. Two years later Joseph died and his widow and sons assumed management. The firm thrived and early in the early 20th century (probably 1900) the the first Sarolea motorised bicycles appeared, with engines designed by chief engineer Martin Fagard. Saroléa was soon well established in the market and by 1907 the firm employed around 200 staff working in a factory of 4000 square metres. Both singles and V-twin engines were constructed, and these were supplied engines to a number of firms in several countries. Complete Saroléa machines were sold in Great Britain under the Kerry brand. Saroléa used a variety of British components including AMAC carburettors and Sturmey Archer gearboxes, the latter replaced with Sarolea boxes in 1927. During the 1920s and 30s the firm was involved in competition events including reliability trials and hill climbs, fielding OHV machines which proved both succesful and popular. Postwar, the firm survived until 1957 when it joined forces with FN and Gillet-Herstal. Sarolea-badged machines continued to appear until 1963, at which time the company was taken over by Gillet and Sarolea machines were no longer marketed.

This bike is a good runner its equipped with a Powell & Hanmer headlight, Bosch magneto, AMAL carburetor and a hand operated horn. On the front fender there is original dealer brass plate of Belgian it reads “Carlier-Lenor, Comines”.