46 1912 Bradbury DELUXE ENG. 5980 $30,000 - $40,000
A THING WELL MADE
The finish of this wonderful machine speaks for itself. It was a remarkable work of industrial design when it was first conceived almost 100 years ago and it remains a great reminder that New Zealand has some of the very best veteran enthusiasts in the world. One could go on about the fact that Bradbury & Co. was established in 1852 or that its first motorcycle was fitted with a 1hp Minerva (refer Lot 43) clip-on engine and that, by 1910, Bradbury Motor Cycles had won more than 300 first prizes including 18 gold medals in hill-climbing
competitions. Bradbury motorbikes were superior machines for their day. However, what strikes most about this machine (putting aside its sheer beauty) is the level of craftsmanship that has been poured into. As a project it took more than a few years to reach this level of completion. The combination of skills and knowledge required to restore a veteran machine to this level is extremely rare and, sadly, dwindling. This is a remarkable opportunity to secure a rare and superb example of the pre eminent Bradbury De-Luxe.
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