1962 Royal Enfield 495cc Meteor Minor Registration no. BBM 648A Frame no. 1056 Engine no. EA35389
Launched in 1948, Royal Enfield's 500 Twin was progressively updated, gaining a double-sided front brake for 1955 and crankshaft-mounted alternator for 1957, before undergoing a more radical revision in 1958. Dubbed the Meteor Minor, the new twin featured shorter-stroke engine dimensions, replaceable big-end shells, 17" wheels and bigger brakes, and was built in standard, De-luxe and Sports variants, the latter being equipped with a different inlet camshaft that boosted peak power to 33bhp at 6,500rpm, a 3bhp/250rpm improvement over the standard/De-luxe models. An older restoration acquired for the collection in 1990, this Meteor Minor has been fitted with twin Amal Concentric carburettors and a non-standard exhaust system. The machine is offered for re-commissioning and comes with a V5C registration document.