1955 Sunbeam Ladies Light Tourist

1955 Sunbeam Model W3L Ladies Light Tourist

I bought this Ladies model to go with my Gents Light Tourist of the same year.

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Bicycles can get a bit lonely in their sheds. And Sunbeams are a bit snooty, preferring only the company of other Sunbeams.

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Though this Lady is wonderfully original, dripping patina all over my back garden, my Gents model is in such superb original condition that she can’t help looking a little scruffy next to him.

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It’s the little touches on a Sunbeam that press buttons. Such as the ‘Weathershield’ mudguards that enable you to ride through puddles with total abandon.

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And ‘S’ emblems all over the place.

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As well as extra transfers dotted around the frame to remind you it’s a Sunbeam just in case you forgot.

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It’s a sturdy bike that holds the road well.

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Even the pedals have the name stamped in.

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They say we only give money to a beggar who reflects our ‘there-but-by-the grace-of god-go-I’ emotion.

Why do we so like vintage vehicles in original unrestored condition? Does their ‘faded glory’ reflect ourselves?

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Worn paint, rust, wrinkles …but the Sunbeam still shines through.

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Published on August 15, 2008 at 2:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

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