Post-Listing Update: Oddly, bidding on this Silent Superb only got up to $4,500. As you can expect, it did not meet reserve at this price.
Coventry-Eagle is not particularly well-known nowadays, but they did have some success with top of the line, expensive motorcycles that competed with the likes of Brough Superior. As the Great Depression rolled around, however, C-E made a name for themselves with small, cost-effective two-strokes like the Silent Superb.
Real Classic has a great piece on the Silent Superb, which I highly recommend you read. They end it by noting that this bike is a relatively easy way for those of you interested in pre-war motorcycling to get involved. In addition, they suggest that you should be looking for one of the later models that skipped the in-house engine for a Villiers unit. Well, guess what we have here?
This Silent Superb (VIN: 32130) has a 247cc Villiers engine and is claimed to be a ‘beautifully preserved piece of motorcycle history’. Everything seems to be functioning, though there is some patina and some scratches. Highlights include a Lycett Aero sprung seat, adjustable handlebars, a copy of the original owners handbook, Miller brass horn, and more. Find it for sale in St. Louis, Missouri with bidding up to $2,033 and the reserve not yet met