Sarolea 1931 350 cc OHV “ 31 B” frame# 130679 engine# 31 B 13067
From 1930 on the Saroléa type numbering system changed in that the type number started with the model year.
So the 31 B was model B of 1931.
A more significant change took place in the 1931 model range when four new models with sloping engines were presented.
This “31 B “ is equipped with such a sloping engine.
Many factories designed machines with forward leaning engines for several reasons: from a technical point of view the machines could be built lower, so the road holding improved.
The accessibility of the cylinder head also got better in many cases.
But the esthetical point of view was also important: many machines looked so much better with an inclined engine.
That certainly goes for this sporty chap: much polished aluminium and resplendent chromium, and a flashy tank colour underline the beauty of this well restored Saroléa.
The machine is equipped with Lucas electric lighting system, steering damper and speedometer.
The oil is carried in an extension of the crankcase.