1947 Scott Flying Squirrel

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Highlights

  • Complete, original bike with older restoration 
  • Only three registered keepers in 77 years
  • Rare post-war factory built model 
  • Innovative pre-war design with water cooled two stroke 
  • Rare and fascinating refurbishment project 

The Appeal 

The name is a good indicator. Alfred Angas Scott was a man who did different and that applied equally to the name he gave his long-lived 600cc bike as the way he engineered it. The Flying Squirrel is considered a more conventional Scott, but is hardly mainstream: after all, it had water cooling and two-stroke power in an air-cooled, four-stroke world. And that’s before we mention the ‘wobbly walking stick’ gear change. 
The engine delivered decent low-down power, which made the Flying Squirrel competitive at the Isle of Man TT where it took third in 1929. Its rugged reliability earned popularity with trials enthusiasts. 
Initially launched in 1926, Flying Squirrel production briefly restarted after the War when this bike was built. There have been just three registered keepers since it hit the road in March 1947, passing to the seller’s father - the second keeper - in 1983. He lovingly restored the bike over several years, carefully retaining its distinctive Scott features. 
His daughter is reluctantly selling the bike and hopes that it will go to a buyer who is equally enthusiastic about these much-admired British bikes. It will need some recommissioning. This is a magnificent bike with a wonderful story and we wish it well on the next stage of its life. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First UK registered 7th March 1947 
  • Notes in history record that it was factory built on 12th January 1947 
  • Old V5 showing change of ownership 
  • Handwritten bill of sale from previous keeper’s purchase on 2nd August 1983
  • Passed to the previous keeper’s daughter on his death in May 2020 
  • Only three registered keepers from new 
  • Frame number 4743 and engine number DPY4842
  • One of the small number of Flying Squirrels built post-war until 1950 
  • Post war bikes got bigger wheel hubs but were otherwise largely unchanged 
  • Showing 37,818 miles 

The Condition

  • Bespoke triangulated duplex frame designed by Scott
  • Slim oil and fuel tank with twin fillers for each fluid
  • Black finish showing signs of age and patination 
  • Older restoration with aging to frame, trim and chromework 
  • Some tarnish visible to exhaust pipes
  • Complete bike with many original factory-correct features 
  • Perished tyres with Avon on rear and Michelin on front 
  • Black spoked wheels appear to be in generally good order
  • Saddle in good condition with black finish and sprung underside 

The Mechanics 

  • 596cc water cooled two stroke twin engine with Scott stamping 
  • 3spd manual gearbox with long lever change of later models 
  • This distinctive mechanism was nicknamed the ‘wobbly walking stick’ by riders
  • We are told that the engine did run when inherited by the seller in May 2020 
  • The vendor reports that it does not run now so will require recommissioning 
  • Bike appears to be mechanically complete but has been unused for some time 
  • The buyer should anticipate checking over and likely recommissioning this bike 
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  • Year 1947
  • Make Scott
  • Model Flying Squirrel
  • Colour Black
  • Mileage 37,818 Miles
  • Engine size 596
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Gravenhurst
  • County Bedfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
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