Sarolea 1947 589 cc OHV “47 S-6 Supersport” frame & engine # 361439
From 1930 on the Saroléa type numbering system changes in that the type number starts with the model year, so the 47 S is model S of 1947. That’s the 500cc OHV, the extension -6 refers to the 600cc model and this S6 is the top model in the 1947 Saroléa range. The firm introduces the sloping engine for their 1931 model range. Many factories then design machines with forward leaning engines for several reasons: from a technical point of view the machines can be built lower, so the road holding improves. The accessibility of the cylinder head also gets better in many cases. But the esthetical approach is also important: many machines look so much better with an inclined engine. The sturdy and sporty 589cc engine has bore x stroke of 88x97mm. The machine weighs 145 kg and has a top speed of about 120 km/h. The oil is carried in an extension of the crankcase and the duplex primary chain runs in an oil bath. This well restored machine is equipped with Bosch ignition and electric lighting, 4-speed foot-operated gearbox, Brown rubber saddle and Amal carburettor. Accessories include VDO speedometer and rear view mirror.