It’s surprising how many Sunbeams still exist from the Great War era. Of course, their superb quality and Sunbeam’s reputation meant that owners over the years have been more reluctant to part with them or scrap them. There are less Goldens, because, of course, being the most expensive top-of-the-range-model, less were produced than the other models.
Also, more lady’s bicycles still exist in good condition because, in this era, women felt it more important to own a bicycle – as a statement of independence – than actually ride them!
It still surprises me, however, when I find a 98-year-old example such as this – unrestored and totally original, with its paintwork and transfers in such a fabulous state of preservation.
1914 Golden Sunbeam for Ladies
2 Speed Epicyclic Gear
28″ Roman Rims
Personalised Bluemells Pump
Brooks Leather B42 Saddle
Frame Number 126607
Roman rims were introduced in 1897 and an option on Sunbeams after 1902. Invented by Dr Reinhard Isidore Romanoff, they are made of Romanium, which is a patent alloy of aluminium.
GOLDEN SUNBEAM HANDLEBARS & GRIPS
The bell is a Lucas ‘Burbury 82B.’
BROOKS B42 SADDLE & BLUEMELLS PUMP
(Personalised with owner’s address)