1929 Sarolea 350cc Model 25 O Frame no. 46638 Engine no. 46638
Belgium's premier marque, Sarolea was founded in 1850 when Joseph Sarolea set up a workshop in Herstal for the manufacture of small arms, though these were not sold under the 'Sarolea' name. In 1892 the firm diversified into making bicycles, which were marketed as 'Royale Sarolea'. After Joseph Sarolea's death his children carried on the family business and in 1895 hired Martin Fagard, who for the next 50 years would be the driving force behind the company. Around 1901 Sarolea built its first powered two-wheeler by attaching a 250cc single-cylinder engine to one of its bicycles. Series production commenced in 1902 following an order for 1,000 Sarolea engines from Britain, and the supply of proprietary engines would continue to be an important part of Sarolea's business for many years. From then onwards the firm grew steadily, becoming one of Europe's leading motorcycle manufacturers by the start of WWI, during which Saroleas were supplied to Allied forces. Saroleas of the 1920s and 1930s looked very British in appearance, and these stylish, well-engineered machines helped established the marque's reputation for excellence.
Offered from a deceased's estate in Holland, this sidevalve-engined Sarolea is a well presented older restoration (circa 2006) that provided its former owner with many trouble-free rides in motorcycle rallies. There are no documents with this Lot.