Originally a respected bicycle manufacturer Humber turned its attention to powered transport in 1896. The transition resulted in the successful launch of their first motorcycle in 1902 produced under Phelon & Moores license. By 1908 Humber had developed its own in-house design marking a swift evolution in production capabilities.During this period Phelon & Moore components continued to play a role in Humber designs although Humber itself had already divided the production of two model lines between an upscale factory in Beeston Nottinghamshire England and its main factory in Coventry. Importantly the upscale Beeston models were fitted with a French-made Longuemare carburetor. Early Beestons were powered by a 2-horsepower single-cylinder engine and two-speed clutch with a transistorized coil or magneto-driven ignition system to assist with startups.Surviving examples of these early Humber Beeston motorbikes are exceptionally rare with estimates suggesting fewer than ten remain. When new Humbers top-tier models like this 2-horspower Beeston were renowned among motorcycle racing enthusiasts for their outstanding hill-climbing ability. Prince Albert I of Monacoa famous and early promoter of motor racingowned a Beeston and for many years he used it on solo runs between his palaces in Monte Carlo and Paris.This fabulous 1903 example was treated to a complete restoration in the 1990s. It is gorgeous in every respect having been restored to a very high standard with gorgeous nickel detailing beautiful paintwork on the frame and tank correct Longuemare carburetor Phelon & Moore single-cylinder engine roughrider handlebars counter-sprung Brooks B100 saddle Lucas Colonia No 260 acetylene headlight and an acetylene taillight.The bike has remained on static display within a climate-controlled gallery since restoration and will require some sorting to be restored to road use.Among the rarest and most sporting of early 20th-century single-cylinder motorcycles this magnificent 1903 Humber Beeston is a gorgeous piece of rolling sculpture and will hold a place of pride in any prestigious vehicle vintage motorcycle or automobilia collection.Sold on a Bill of Sale.Offers welcome and trades consideredFor additional details please view this listing directly on our website https://hymanltd.com/vehicles/7621-1903-humber-beeston-motorcycle/
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