Hi all, It was interesting to have a look at the 1962 Brum. for sale on ebay in California USA. I thought it might be a new find for the register, but I allready had some info. It still carries its UK registration VOP 256, and engine DPY 5559, which is the highest DPY engine number fitted in a Brum. No frame number was mentioned. My records show it is a 1958 bike with the frame number S1129. Oddly I have three bikes bearing this frame number (S1129) and don”t know how it came about. Something wrong here! The USA bike is painted Green, which is a new one for me, and looks awful. It sold for about £5k and needed restoring, but was all there with the right bits. My records show it has been in America for a long time.
Hi Eric, The frame number is usually found on the left (near side) frame tube ,alongside the welded on gusset , by the radiator. Being stamped on a tube, the top and bottom of the numbers are feint and sometimes read incorrectly. The first digit is always the letter S , but is some times reported as the number 5. The stamping would have been clearer if it had been on the flat surface of the gusset close by. Having a clear frame number gives the best chance of dating the Birmingham Scott. Grit blasting, rubbing down, filler and painting often loses the lettering completely!