|Royal Enfield factory work books, open to first page to show Part No. 1, dating back to 1906.|
After 15 years of negotiations, Hitchcocks Motorcycles has purchased the Royal Enfield documents and drawings — tens of thousands in all — originally compiled by the factories in Redditch and Bradford-on-Avon.
Van loads of documents are now at Hitchcocks Motorcycles, the firm that has become the leading outlet for vintage Royal Enfield parts.
"The amount of documentation initially produced by Royal Enfield was unbelievable and it's even more astonishing that so much has survived after all this time," Allan Hitchcock said in a press release today.
The materials had been in the hands of David Holder, whose father Matt acquired the materials after Enfield Precision Engineers, last remnant of Royal Enfield production in Britain, closed in 1971. The Holder family business was using the technical drawings to produce spare parts, but other documentation remained in storage.
"Just how comprehensive the collection of factory documents is may be gauged from the fact that the ledger-records of drawings dates from approximately 1906, with Part number 1!" the press release enthuses.
"The technical drawings, to be used in-house, give Hitchcocks Motorcycles access to the original specifications of virtually the entire range of Royal Enfield motorcycle components — not to overlook Royal Enfield pedal cycles, stationary engines, generators, military equipment, and lawnmowers! The drawings will add greatly to our ability to continue the policy of reproducing parts for the Royal Enfield range of motorcycles, especially parts that may have been unavailable for many years."
|Some of the better sorted technical drawings. There are about 40,000.|
|Records including those for 350cc Bullets for Madras.|
|Dispatch books, including Constellation and Super Meteor models.|