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Imperia Model H 1929 500cc One Cylinder Antique Motorcycles Start Up

New Imperial was a British motorcycle manufacturer founded by Norman Downes in Birmingham,between 1887 and 1901, and became New Imperial Motors Ltd in 1912, when serious production commenced.

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This fine Imperia is fitted with a Bosch lighting set, Bosch horn, Bosch MagDyno, B&B carburetor, steering damper and speedo. It has been restored in 2019 to high standard.read more: classic-motorcycle.com

Early in the 1930s famed Dutch designer Arthur F. Dom joined the firm, and during this period models with MAG 497cc IOE, 678cc V-twin ohv JAP and Sturmey-Archer 346cc engines were developed, but mainly 248cc, 348cc and 498cc four-valve Rudge-built Python proprietary ohv four-valve singles.

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In 1932, New Imperial started to use unit construction, where the engine crankcase and gearbox are incorporated in the same casting. They made a Unit Minor 150 and Unit Super 250. They continued to use unit-construction, and some models used Bentley and Draper sprung frames, in an era still dominated by rigid frames.

  • Manufacturer: Imperia
  • Model: H
  • Year: 1929
  • Capacity: 500ccm MAG
  • Engine type: 4-takt / ohv
  • Cylinder: 1
  • Power: 22hp
  • Bore/Stroke: 82x94mm
  • Top speed.: 125kmh