1952 Sunbeam S8


  • Fully restored over a period from 2015 to 2022
  • Winner of the R.W. Thomson Fellowship Award at the 54th Memorial Rally in Stonehaven 2023
  • Third in Class at the Fraserburgh Vintage Car Rally 2023
  • Only 8 miles covered since restoration

The Appeal

The Sunbeam S8 was a reduced variant of the expensive and intensely over-engineered S7, which itself was known for its innovative design and top-notch build quality. The S8 was, by nature, substantially lighter, which enabled it to reach a respectable 85mph and led to the manufacturer dubbing it the 'Sports' model of the range. It was by far the most popular of the S7 line, selling around 8,300 units.

This particular 1951 Sunbeam S8 was restored between 2015 and 2022, and the results have been rightfully acclaimed - having won the R.W. Thomson Fellowship Award and securing third place in its class at the Fraserburgh Vintage Car Rally in 2023.

Owned by the same family from new, the bike has clearly been cossetted before being passed on to the current owner, who completed its restoration. With only 8 miles covered since, it's still in excellent mechanical order and is ready to hit the road with the lucky new keeper.

History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1951
  • The vendor is only the second owner, with the first owner being a family friend
  • Bought on 25th June 2021
  • Fully restored over a period from 2015 to 2022
  • Garaged as long as the owner has been aware of the bike
  • Registered as a Historic Vehicle with an MOT Exemption declaration in place
  • SORN from February 2024
  • Winner of the R.W. Thomson Fellowship Award at the 54th Memorial Rally in Stonehaven 2023
  • Third in Class at the Fraserburgh Vintage Car Rally 2023
  • Folder with receipts from Stewart Engineering and others, showing the parts that have been replaced
  • Proof of ownership with a Bill of Sale from the previous owner and a V5 in the current owner's name
  • Currently indicates 29,923 miles on a five-figure odometer
  • This is likely to be accurate, with less than 10 miles covered since restoration

The Condition

  • The frame and tinware have all been cleaned and repainted
  • The frame and all tinware have been repainted with a black gloss finish
  • The bike is 'stock standard' 
  • Restoration has been focused on maintaining originality
  • The petrol tank has been cleaned and re-lined
  • All mechanical components look in fine order
  • Seat is in good condition

The Mechanics

  •  487cc parallel twin OHC four stroke engine
  • Manual transmission with 4 gears
  • The engine, gearbox, and rear drive have all been overhauled
  • New wiring harness and other electrical components have been repaired or replaced
  • The CVC regulator has been replaced with a modern solid-state device
  • The bike still has the original 6 Volt electrics and original carburettor
  • We understand it's driving well with no mechanical issues

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Auction Details
  • Year 1952
  • Make Sunbeam
  • Model S8
  • Colour Black
  • Mileage 29,923 Miles
  • Engine size 487
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Abderdeen
  • County Scotland
  • Country United Kingdom
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Bidding history
5 Bids
  • Brian o•••• £2,025 14/07/24
  • stevieb•••• £1,250 14/07/24
  • jim-woo•••• £1,150 14/07/24
  • will.jo•••• £1,000 14/07/24
  • twirlth•••• £100 12/07/24

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