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Sunbeam Model 9A 1932 600cc 1 cyl ohv


Sunbeam Model 9A 1932 600cc 1 cyl ohv

Manufacturer: Sunbeam

Model: 9A

Year: 1932
Displacement: 600 cc
Cylinder: 1
Engine type: 4-stroke / ohv
Bore / Stroke: 88 x 98 mm

Frame number: 13050
Engine number: PP1218A

The famous Wolverhampton Sunbeam company had been absorbed into the ICI concern during 1928 and entered the 1930's with a reputation for building high quality products thanks largely to their insistence in producing as much as possible "in house". The quality of their products finish was a yardstick which other manufacturers sought to match, the secrets of which lay in the firm's early history as a manufacturer of high quality "japanned" enamel ware. By the latter half of the decade and despite the efforts of ICI's accountants to cut manufacturing costs, the company was in trouble. Sunbeam, like their rivals Velocette, was incapable of producing an inferior product which placed them at a disadvantage in the tough economic climate prevailing at the time. Consequently ICI sought to dispose of the firm, eventually selling it to the London based AJS and Matchless combine in 1937, which duly became known as Associated Motorcycles. The 599cc 9A was introduced for the 1932 season as the range leader for the touring range. And was derived from the well established Model 9, over head valve 499cc single with which it shared many components.

This lovely Sunbeam is in unrestored condition and wears a lot of patina. The two port 600cc ohv engine let it drive fast ahead on the road. This powerful bike is equipped with a Amal carburetor, Lucas MagDyno, Eureka oil pressure gauge, ammeter, Lucas lighting set and twist grip throttle which was an option in 1932. It runs wonderful and has been used regularly last years.