|A Royal Enfield Model S: ever seen one of these?|
It's not surprising. The Model S is "seldom even mentioned," Roy Bacon wrote in his book "Royal Enfield, The Postwar Models."
|1954 Model S had a rigid frame and an old-fashioned look.|
To meet this market, Royal Enfield developed its 250cc Clipper and even lavished the new swing-arm rear suspension on it.
But not everyone could afford the Clipper.
|This motorcycle will need complete restoration.|
The Model S also would not receive the new Royal Enfield "casquette" instrument panel, incorporating the headlight. An old-fashioned separate headlight would do.
|Classic Smiths speedometer.|
Today, the Model S is seldom seen, much less mentioned.
This particular Model S, number S224, is one of only 51 dispatched to the United States in 1951, according to research in factory records by Graham Scarth, chairman of the Royal Enfield Owners Club UK. Only one other seems to have been sent, in 1955.
The eBay motorcycle is rare indeed.
|There's no doubt it's a Royal Enfield.|