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Author Topic: Restoration project - Ensign, prince or Lance ????  (Read 3346 times)

trevorm

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Restoration project - Ensign, prince or Lance ????
« on: August 02, 2007, 04:02:40 AM »
G'day all
Just purchased a restoration project/basket case
The previous owner tells me that it is a 1956 RE Ensign or Prince
Matching engine and frame numbers - 53163 - EI/8372
The frame also has RE4 on it - anyone out there know what I have ?????
Any info would be apreciated.

REgards from under down under

Trevor Marshall
Ulverstone Tasmania Aust.

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Re: Restoration project - Ensign, prince or Lance ????
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2007, 05:12:31 AM »
Hi Trevor,

Welcome to the forum!

Well, you've come to the right place, but I'm afraid I know very little, especially about foreign vintage models  ???. I'm sure someone in the forum will know something and I'll see if I can dig up some advice or information for you when I'm back in the office tomorrow.
Rhett Waldock
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Classic Motorworks
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www.royalenfieldusa.com

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Re: Restoration project - Ensign, prince or Lance ????
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007, 07:41:20 AM »
G'day to you too, Trevor.  This is the right place to ask, but I have no answer for you.. Later on, other more knowledgeable guys will be here to help you.
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Jefferson County, WA

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Re: Restoration project - Ensign, prince or Lance ????
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007, 02:09:06 PM »
Trevor, welcome to the site. To answer your question, if it is a 1956 it is a Ensign. The prince was not introduced until 1959, and the Lance came out in 1957. A Ensign is a 148cc 2 stroke making about 5.5hp@4750rpm. It is a 3 speed. Have fun restoring. There is something about restoring a old bike that when it fires up can't be described. Resurected history!!!!    Hutch
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