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1928 Raleigh model 21 500 cc sv During the inter-war period, Raleigh became the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world, but for a relatively short time (1921 – 33), they produced some very fine motorcycles. A number of 250, 350 and 500 cc side valve machines were built from 1923 until 1930 when an overhead valve version was conceived. During that period, Raleigh were praised for their superior build quality and near ‘bomb proof’ reliability. From 1935 on however, all motorised machinery production ceased, as the factory concentrated all its efforts on bicycles, many being produced to supply the armed forces during the prelude to war. This beautifully and painstakingly restored 500 cc Model ‘21’ side valve machine is an easy to live with, reliable starter and has the additional benefit of very rare and valuable period electric lighting and charging system. Restored with all original factory items, including a bulb horn, it has matching engine and frame numbers, original registration and buff log book, showing the date of 1st registration as 03-01-1928, making it Banbury eligible. A rare and beautiful machine with great investment potential. So here we have a painstaking and beautifully restored example of one of these rare machines. Manufactured in 1928, superb component quality and finish set these motorcycles apart from other manufacturers. Fitted with very desirable period lighting, this machine starts easily, runs like a clock and of course is Banbury eligible. A fine investment..