After the most expensive Scott, I knew this title would attract attention … but, as you have no doubt guessed, it’s old news, 1966 to be precise. The machine was VR 9135, dated 1930, which enjoyed a re-build in 1966 costing over £23 ! – phew !
The information is written in pencil, inside the back cover of a copy of “The Greatest of All Trials”, which was recently on sale, and as I already had a copy, I was about to pass it by, until I saw the jottings which itemise the cost of parts (£-s-d, of course) used in the restoration. I will reproduce them for ‘Yowl’.
I can’t find VR 9135 in my old lists – maybe Ian Parsons knows of it.
Nice tale! It reminds me of my excitement earlier this year when on a plane reading the June 2010 issue of OBM. I usually flick to the classifieds and see if there is anything of interest as my first port of call. Image my surprise on reading an ad for a Silk 700S MkII in imacculate condition for £2400. My problem was I could not call the advert until I’d arrived at the airport so I sat excitedly for the next hour waiting for the plane to land.
I was somewhat disappointed when I finally realised that I’d be reading a reprint of issue 1…. The June 2010 was the 300th edition of the rag so they had reprinted some of issue 1 as a bit of nostalgia and that was where the Silk advert was 😳 I guess it follows the old adage though, if it’s too good to be true then it’s not true!
Mind you, on reading Colin Heath’s article in Yowl this month I wonder why these barn/loft finds never seem to arrive on my radar. One day perhaps, or perhaps I can pursuade an old boy I know to part with his SS80 or Rapide he has never used for 20 years….