Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 193
Year : 1907
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : # 21833
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
Please note this lot is subject to 5% Import Tax.

Like BSA, La Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre ('FN' for short) began as a munitions manufacturer, turning to the production of motorcycles around 1900. Best known for its sensational four-cylinder models, the first of which appeared in 1905, the Belgian company demonstrated the same innovative spirit in the design of its singles, being among the first to adopt unitary construction of engine and gearbox, permitting the use of geared primary drive. FN produced both chain- and shaft-driven bicycles and soon applied the latter transmission system to its motorcycles. In 1900 the firm's first powered two-wheeler was produced by mounting a clip-on engine in a bicycle frame, and in December the following year the first production model arrived, powered by a 133cc single-cylinder engine. FN's single-cylinder lightweight models evolved gradually, growing in size firstly to 188cc and then 225cc, before arriving at 285cc in 1913. Variable-pulley transmission had been introduced on the belt-driven singles in 1907 but would be superseded by shaft drive in 1909, its introduction coinciding with that of the two-speed gearbox.
Dating from circa 1907, this belt-driven FN single was part restored in NSW, Australia and is sold as a restoration project, with most of the parts needed for completion.