Avondale 1903 239 cc AIV Buchet engine frame # AV1 engine # SM 245.
This unique Veteran motorcycle is one of two constructed in 1903 by the Avon Vale Cycle Company of Evesham, Worcestershire.
The other machine was never used on the road. This unique piece of motorcycle history was first owned by a Mr Andrews from Evesham.
Later on it came into the possession of the daughter of the original builder, who sold it in 1975 to the former owner.
Around 1903 British made proprietary engines were by no means widespread and Buchet was already a reputed make.
Élie-Victor Buchet started to build proprietary engines in Levallois-Perret, Paris, in 1899 and built a wide range of automobile, motorcycle and aero engines.
This 1903 specimen is fitted with atmospheric inlet valve and Longuemare carburettor.
The originally fitted trember coil has been replaced by a battery and coil system.
The machine has seen extensive use in many veteran motorcycle events and has also been a regular participant in the Banbury Run and Pioneer Run since 1952.
It was last ridden in 2014 and comes complete with Pioneer certificate.