Page 179. 1933 Sun Villiers 98cc Model de Luxe. Sold

1933 Sun Villiers 98cc Model de Luxe


This charming 98cc (1 hp) lightweight motorcycle ‘is not a toy but a perfect motorcycle in miniature’ according to the catalogue description. That sums it up quite well.

Lightweight 98cc motorcycles of this type of design were a new innovation in 1932 when this Sun was first manufactured. European countries had revised their licensing regulations to encourage cyclists to upgrade to motorcycles, creating a new class of machine known in France as a B.M.A. which had pedals, an engine under 100cc and a maximum speed allowance. Germany followed suit with Fichtel & Sachs making available a small power unit to all the motorcycle and bicycle manufacturers, so they could add a lightweight machine to their range.

I don’t think Sun sold many of these machines in Great Britain. But they had a good export market and I reckon that, with dozens of new lightweights being made available across Europe, Sun’s 1 hp ‘Model de Luxe’ was designed to cover their base just in case these things took off.

‘Model de Luxe’ is not exactly how I would personally describe this machine. The kickstarter was an extra 10/- (50 pence in today’s money) and the original purchaser seems to have wanted to save even that expense. I suppose its low price must have been its main selling point.

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SHORT VIDEO of SUN RUNNING

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This Sun is lacking its chainguard. You can see what it looks like from the catalogue pictures; chainguards are not hard to make, and its also easy enough to adapt one from another small motorcycle.

The inside of the rear light is also missing; otherwise, the motorcycle is complete. The gearbox and front forks have been rebuilt. It has new tyres. It starts easily enough with a pushstart. Like all two strokes, after being stored for some time it could do with a flush-through and some fresh petrol.

There are no registration documents. But the registration plate displays its original number, which is confirmed by an old insurance certificate (you can see its scan further down the page). My records show this series of registration ‘LV’ was issued only between 1932 and 1934. The catalogue confirms this model as 1932-1933. So it will be easy enough to get the motorcycle registered, and to retain its original registration.

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1932-1933 SUN CATALOGUE

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COMMERCIAL UNION INSURANCE POLICY

1933 SUN: Registration LV 488O


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