Page 6. 1914 Royal Enfield Wall Autowheel – SOLD £1550

1914 Royal Enfield Wall Autowheel

For ebay auction: PLEASE CLICK HERE

This Wall was unused and unregistered until 1963, when it was registered onto a period Royal Enfield Ladies Frame. It was owned by a motorcycle garage that I used to visit as a teenager. It has a pioneer certificate and has been on several London-Brighton runs.

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I’ve owned it for 4 years and have never bothered to restore it as, although it’s quite scruffy, each year, after an afternoon spent servicing it, it passes its MOT test.

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Walls are quite endearing machines …if you’re not in any particular hurry.

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The Royal Enfield Ladies frame is also unrestored.

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It seems a shame for it to languish in my storage, as I don’t seem use it any more – which is why I’ve included it in the auction.

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It’s an ideal opportunity for an enthusiast to obtain a 94-year-old vehicle at a reasonable price.

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I’ve owned quite a few of these autowheels over the last 25 years. I can still picture them leaning against piles of spares back in the magic old days of Beaulieu autojumble; they were buyable for £50-£100 when I started to collect them, slowly rising in value through the 80’s.

These days they remain by far the cheapest option if you wish to enter the prestigious London-Brighton Pioneer Run. What other pre-1914 motorcycle can you buy this cheaply to officially ride those hallowed 60 miles?

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The ads above and below have been knocking around the internet for many years. I’m no longer sure to whom to express gratitude or acknowledge copyright.

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However, I’ve not seen the ad below on the internet before. It is a poor photocopy that I was given when I bought a Wall Autowheel 20 years ago. I hope other Wall Auto-wheel enthusiasts will enjoy it (all pictures and information on this site may be reproduced freely, though a mention of its source would be very much appreciated).

It mentions the BSA Roadster Bicycle – “specially designed to suit the auto-wheel.”

And the ad for the Standard Model has royal endorsements: “HRH Prince George of Battenberg and HRH Prince Henry of Prussia ride and recommend Wall Auto-wheels.”

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By the way, for those of you who forgot your school history lessons, HRH Prince George of Battenberg who zipped around on a Wall Autowheel in his twenties (born 1892) was none other than George Mountbatten (he relinquished the above title in 1917). His sister was Princess Alice, (mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) and brother was Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

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