Page 18. 1922 Royal Enfield V Twin Sidecar Outfit SOLD

1922 Royal Enfield V Twin Sidecar Outfit Model 180 976cc (8hp)

An original machine in excellent running order.

V5C Registration Document.


You can view the 1922 Royal Enfield V Twin (and the 1917 Henderson Model G Inline Four) on our stall at the VMCC Banbury Run Autojumble, on Sunday 21st June 2009.



This fabulous Beast is another owned by my friend Alain in France (the Henderson is his too). We’re displaying some of our machines at the VMCC Banbury Run Autojumble on 21st June, so if you’re interested in buying either machine, you’ll have an opportunity to view them on that day. A sale will be considered on receipt of a deposit and either motorcycle can be delivered subsequently on clearance of payment.








Enfield Manufacturing Co. Ltd


In 1851, the firm of George Townsend & Co opened its doors in the tiny village of Hunt End, near the Worcestershire town of Redditch. The firm specialized in sewing needles and machine parts. When George died the company was passed ot his son, George, Jnr. Like many other manufacturers, Townsend & Co examined bicycles and considered options for getting into the cycle business. Their breakthrough was a local invention – a saddle that only used one length of wire in the two springs and in the framework. This was adopted, patented and marketed as the Townsend Cyclists Saddle & Spring and enabled the company to enter the bicycle parts trade.

From bicycle parts, George Townsend Jr slowly moved on to producing bicycles himself. He was also supplying a wide range of parts to other manufacturers – Givry Works was growing rapidly. Over the next three years he developed his own range of over two-dozen machines. Each machine, known locally as the Townsend Cycle was reputed for its sturdy frame, a character that all Enfield bikes would follow.

Townsend got into financial trouble in about 1890 and called in some financiers from Birmingham. Unfortunately, they didn’t quite see eye to eye. So Townsend parted ways with the financiers leaving the company to them. The financiers then brought in Albert Eadie and R.W. Smith. They took control of Townsend’s in November 1891. The following year the firm was re-christened The Eadie Manufacturing Company Limited.

The directors Albert Eadie and Robert Walker Smith displayed ten machines at the 1892 Stanley Show (including two Eadie front drivers and six safeties). Smith was a former designer at Rudge responsible for Perry parts and fittings; Eadie was manufacturer of Perry parts and fittings.

The company was registered on 24 February 1893 (No. 170,951). An office with showroom was opened at 166 Edmund Street, Birmingham (from December 1893 at 94 Snow Hill, Birmingham). The badge was a shield with a smaller shield inset containing a field gun facing left. It seems that initially the company sold machines made by the Eadie Manufacturing Co and moved into the former works of Townsend, George & Co. at Givry Works, Hunt End, Redditch, Worcestershire from 1896. There was a London showroom at 6c Sloane Street and a Dublin showroom at 73 Grafton Street.

During this time the company name changed several times: Enfield Manufacturing Co. Ltd (wound up on 8 January 1897), Enfield Cycle Co. Ltd, New Enfield Cycle Co. Ltd and then reverted to Enfield Cycle Co. Ltd. In 1892 Eadie won a contract to supply rifle parts to the Royal Small Arms factory at Enfield and to celebrate this a new bicycle design was named the ‘Enfield’ from October that year. In 1893 ‘Royal’ was added (from the Royal Small Arms name) making the model name ‘Royal Enfield’. At the 1893 Stanley Show the firm showed a front-driver and a tandem but the latter received some criticism. For the 1894 Stanley Show there were 19 safeties on display, plus two tandems. A main feature of their lady’s machine for 1895 was the frame which was adopted as a distinctive marketing feature at the instigation of Albert Eadie.


In 1899 the first mechanical vehicle was advertised by Enfield Cycle Company. It was available in both tricycle and quadricycle form, powered by a De Dion 1.5 hp engine. They also experimented with a heavy bicycle frame fitted with a Minerva engine clamped to the front downtube.

Royal Enfield built their first motorcycle in 1901 with a 239cc engine. In 1907 Enfield merged with the Alldays & Onions Pneumatic Engineering Co of Birmingham to manufacture the Enfield-Allday automobile. By 1910 Royal Enfield was using 344cc Swiss Motosacoche V-Twins engines, or large-displacement JAP and Vickers-Wolseley engines.

In 1912 the Royal Enfield Model 180 sidecar combination was introduced with a 770CC V-twin JAP engine, which was raced successfully in the Isle of Man TT and at Brooklands.

6007_6hp_Royal_Enfield copy

On the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 Royal Enfield supplied large numbers of motorcycles to the British War Department and also won a motorcycle contract for the Imperial Russian Government. Enfield used its own 225cc two-stroke single and 425cc V-twin engines. They also produced an 8hp motorcycle sidecar model fitted with a Vickers machine gun. In 1921 Enfield developed a new 976cc twin.










OWNER: Alain


DELIVERY TO UK IS INCLUDED in this auction. On sale, Alain will deliver the Royal Enfield to Brighton, E.Sussex. Other destinations by arrangement.

If you need delivery to other areas, our website contains details of recommended delivery services.
United Kingdom – delivery is £70 for a 2-wheeler to most parts of the UK.
Europe – delivery is under €400 Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, etc.
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VEHICLE CONDITION: Vintage vehicles are wonderful beasts – but each has an individual personality and they sometimes have bad days just like you and me.
You will need basic mechanical skills (or a local mechanic) to use one on a regular basis.
2-Stroke engines – and cyclemotors in particular – are notoriously unreliable. Basic servicing is generally required if unused for even a few weeks.

These are rare vehicles whose values are not necessarily based on running order.
Unless an auction description specifically states that the vehicle is running, THE VEHICLE IS SOLD FOR RESTORATION.
I purposely understate the condition of any vintage vehicle sold on behalf of a 3rd party. I am not liable for the condition of any vehicle not owned by me.


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