1938 Excelsior 98cc Autobyk

Make: Excelsior
Model: 98cc Autobyk
Year: 1938
Registration Number: EAS 571
Frame Number: A448
Engine Number: SH656
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Sold For: £1320

Auction Date: 5 December 2013
Lot No: 206

In 1937, The Excelsior Motor Co Ltd launched its production of the innovative Autobyk, which was one of the first two Villiers Junior-powered autocycles produced.  The early Excelsior Autobyks were un-sprung, with a shortened fuel tank that enclosed an individual oil tank.  The design of no engine cover with a round tool box between the seat and stays, and handlebar levers controlling both brakes remained the same until 1940 when the original concept was superseded and ‘the De Luxe’ went into production.

In 1938, the Excelsior advertising stated that the Autobyk was the ‘greatest name in motorised cycles’. Selling points included a powerful driving mechanism, extra large hub brakes, a 98cc, two-stroke engine and a handlebar operated clutch. The machine could achieve 120 miles per gallon and 25 miles per hour; it was also equipped with direct electric lighting.

As part of a deceased estate, this Excelsior has been the subject of a nut and bolt restoration. It is finished to a high standard and used sparingly.

The history file includes a reprint instruction book, a photocopy handbook, data, gaskets and the V5C registration certificate.