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Sunbeam around the 1930's model 6
« on: August 24, 2017, 11:36:10 PM »
Looking for a 1930's sunbeam model 6.
I'd rather have a resto project in any condition as long as most parts are there.
 Not looking for a tip top show room example.
I've attached a photo of my grandfather sat on the exact model I'm looking for.
Thanks in advance...

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Re: Sunbeam around the 1930's model 6
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017, 12:17:03 AM »

Could you cheat a little and have a 350? You could do the time warp with this one! http://www.andybuysbikes.com/bikeshtml/6467sbm.html

I suppose your grandfather's bike is 1931 or so.

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Re: Sunbeam around the 1930's model 6
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2017, 07:19:33 PM »
I would like the exact model.
Like you say it's a 1931 with pillion seat.

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Re: Sunbeam around the 1930's model 6
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2017, 09:38:34 PM »
According to the Marston Sunbeam club register there are only 27 1931 Model 6 survivors.  They will not all be in UK.

You will need to cough up around 5k start price rough or not.

That Tiernan one looks fair. Only 9 of those on register.

That bike inthe pic may not even be 1931, you'd need an egine number tobe 100%

CV reg ran from may 1929 to march 1934. It has webb forks so 1930 or later.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2017, 09:43:50 PM by mini-me »

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Re: Sunbeam around the 1930's model 6
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2017, 10:09:14 PM »
Thanks for the info.
 I only have my eyes set on buying a 6. Ideally one I can have a bit of fun restoring.



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Re: Sunbeam around the 1930's model 6
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2017, 07:08:37 AM »

Try this one: http://luxuryautomotosale.com/node/16784

Re the pillion seat: in 1931 most were of the sprung type. Any idea when the photo was taken? Looks like some hard work has been done since new.

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Re: Sunbeam around the 1930's model 6
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2017, 08:10:55 AM »
Sunbeam restoration is not for the beginner, [if you are]for a start everything that is tin ware is soldered, including the fuel tank. I have seen the look of distress when some keen types has sent it for stove enamelling or hot powder coat and its all fallen apart.

I think you will have a long search for something so specific good luck.

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Re: Sunbeam around the 1930's model 6
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2017, 09:31:56 AM »
Unfortunately I too think it will be a long wait to find the exact model I'm looking for.
This won't be my first restoration but will be my first sunbeam.

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Re: Sunbeam around the 1930's model 6
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2017, 10:25:22 AM »
It will give you lots of time to save up :D

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Re: Sunbeam around the 1930's model 6
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2017, 10:27:48 AM »
It would be worth joining the Marston Sunbeam club although there's probably not a lot of expertise on the model there. There were very few people who knew anything about my Model 10 but people were as helpful as they could be.
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Re: Sunbeam around the 1930's model 6
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2017, 11:39:01 PM »
Unfortunately I too think it will be a long wait to find the exact model I'm looking for.

Isn't the bike I posted above a 1931 Model 6? 1930 were Druid (side spring) fork, and I think the interchangeable wheels (and the cranked front for needed to get the wheel in) came in for 1932.  http://luxuryautomotosale.com/node/16784

So you could wait a couple of years to find a ratty one, spend a couple more years searching for the missing parts and restoring it, with a total cost of ???? (Don't forget to count your mileage as you trot around the countryside trying to find bits or get parts restored.)

I think 10,000GBP for a fully restored bike with a sidecar is not unreasonable, but you could possibly argue the price down, and be riding next weekend. Sell off the sidecar if you don't want it.

Cheers

Leon

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Re: Sunbeam around the 1930's model 6
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2017, 09:54:33 AM »
Thanks for all the informative replies guys.
The restoration part is most of the fun for me and the chase looking for the right model. I don't want to settle for a substitute, if there isnt one out there then so be. The price is last on my list. Yes I could buy that stunning example tomorrow but it's not what I want.
The photograph I posted is very sentimental to me hence the chase for such model.