1938 Sunbeam ‘Model U’ Tandem
Frame: 21″ front; 20.5″ rear
This is a rare tandem. According to the book Sunbeam Cycles, the Double Gents tandem was introduced for the 1936 season, with a Lady-back version offered in addition the following year for 10/- extra. It was named the ‘Model U’ Royal Tandem in 1938. By 1940, with the outbreak of war, the model was discontinued. This example is in good unrestored original condition. The head transfer (decal) is faded, with the words ‘The Sunbeam’ just about visible, as is the one on the bottom frame member. The ‘Sunbeam’ transfer on the rear mudguard is intact and there’s also a John Marston ‘Maker’ transfer on the seat tube. The Sunbeam tandem is ready to ride.