Chater-Lea 1903 forecar with tandem seat 2 ¾ HP 326 cc De Dion Bouton AIV engine # 7728
Founded in 1890, Chater-Lea turned to the manufacture of lugs and fittings for cycle and motorcycle frames around 1900.
Incorporated that same year as the Chater-Lea Manufacturing Company Limited, the firm was soon supplying its high-quality products to the greater part of the emerging British motorcycle industry.
The manufacture of components soon led to the supply of entire frames and, in 1903, the firm offered its first complete motorcycle.
The machine we offer here is a versatile vehicle: in its current form it can transport the rider and two passengers.
The original front forks are present and by removing the forecarriage and its subframe it can be transformed in a motorcycle with tandem seat.
The combination has been restored a number of years ago.
This impressive time-machine is equipped with a beautiful Auteroche front lamp and the De Dion Bouton engine is fed by the well-known Claudel carburettor.
The comfortable seat has a true veteran appearance and looks quite inviting we would say.