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Author Topic: 1955 royal enfield 500  (Read 5073 times)

p48ker

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1955 royal enfield 500
« on: August 04, 2008, 10:55:57 PM »
Hi
new to forum
I'm going to look at a complete 1955 enfield 500 the guy thinks its a woodsman with high pipe and lights alloy fenders dual seat
what should I be looking for
how much isit worth condition 6 of 10
any ideas what restored is worth
thanks
Mike

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Re: 1955 royal enfield 500
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2008, 12:11:55 AM »
Go to a magazine news stand and buy Vintage Motorcycles magazine.  In the back of each issue is a vintage pricing chart.  They have six levels of condition.

For 1955 there is no RE 500 Woodsman model.  A 500 single goes from $1200 to $6000.  The 350 Trials go from $1600 to $8000.
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rotorwrench

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Re: 1955 royal enfield 500
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2008, 05:37:33 PM »
The Woodsman was an Indian Sales corp marketed machine and even though manufactured by Royal Enfield in Redditch UK, it would be listed as an Indian and would have the Indian name on it. Nearly all of the later Enfields made in Madras/Chennai India for the US market  were paterned on the 1955 350 and 500 Bullet models so you would need to check the numbers and title to be sure its not a clone. The 55 Indian models also had a Lucas magdyno set up for ignition & electrical charging systems. The 1956 & later Indian Woodsman & Westerner 500 singles have the later frame & tool boxes that visually differ quite a lot from the 1955 models.
« Last Edit: August 05, 2008, 05:53:00 PM by rotorwrench »

Jon

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Re: 1955 royal enfield 500
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2008, 08:09:37 PM »
You also need to keep in mind that it can cost you more to restore the bike than it
will fetch, if you are looking for an investment rather than a motorcycle there are
easier ways to make money!