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This 1935 Sunbeam Model 9 was recovered from an Egyptian warehouse in 2005 where it spent decades in storage. The seller acquired this project bike in 2015, and notes that few 1932-35 Model 9s are still known to exist. It is fitted with its factory 493cc engine, a non-original carburetor, Egyptian tires, and a recovered seat. It has been preserved by years in the dry Middle Eastern climate, and is in solid condition with an appropriate patina. Used parts, advice, and technical support are reportedly available through the Marston Sunbeam Club. This Model 9 was running a year ago and is a good candidate for restoration. It is sold with a bill of sale, but no title or other documentation.
Marston Sunbeam motorcycles were known for their quality and performed well in early TT races on the Isle of Man. Sunbeam motorcycles of this era were used by the British military in the Middle East, and this example is believed to be one of those bikes.
The motorcycle shows its age with surface rust, particularly on the chrome pieces such as the handlebars and levers. The petrol tank and fenders are believed to have been repainted in lacquer and are in fair condition. The frame and wire wheels still show some original lacquer with chipping and surface rust.
The Egyptian tires testify to the bike’s past, but the seller recommends replacement if the next over intends to ride it. The seat cover was replaced, though the seat frame is original. The optional tank clock is missing and the ammeter is not working.
The seller had the bike running a year ago, and rode it for a short time. The engine reportedly performed well, and the non-original carburetor has been sorted. The petrol tank was cleaned, sealed, and internally coated. The magneto was also refurbished, and is said to make good spark. The fuel system, oil system, and brakes are all said to work. The clutch has been adjusted, and new clutch plates are included.
The seller notes that the lack of a speedometer (the front hub is not machined to accept the speedo drive) is unusual for the model, and suggests that this may be attributed to the military specification.
The 3-speed AU-style Sunbeam gearbox has been rebuilt and all bearings replaced. It is said to shift smoothly through all the gears, and the starter ratchet mechanism is working. The fitted clutch inspection cover was crafted by a local tinsmith, and the sale includes a cast aluminum replacement cover that has not yet been installed. The dynamo still needs to be installed and though original exhaust valve lifting pin is missing, one has been crafted.
A broken clutch mechanism is believed to be the reason for its decades long storage. A section of the clutch rod has been sourced from a Triumph 650 and seems to fit. The clutch hub uses a press-fit roller bearing on its outermost point with thread damage where the locking disc screws in. The seller has used a spring to allow the clutch to operate properly. He has located an NOS threaded disc and the bike is now said to shift well through all gears.
The seller has enjoyed being the caretaker of this bike, but does not have time to complete the restoration and has decided to pass it on. Included in the sale is the rear number plate, an NOS replacement tail light, valve train components, and a number of spares.