Once in a while, a picture on the internet becomes viral because of the nostalgia that it may provide. And in a similar ordeal recently a picture of a bill of sale of one of the most popular bikes in India has gone viral. A picture shared on Instagram shows us a bill from the dealership of an Enfield Bullet that was sold back in the day for only Rs 18,700.
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The picture was shared on the social media platform by royalenfield_4567k. From the picture, we can note that it is from the 23rd of January 1986, and at the time company was only called Enfield. The bill was issued in the name of M/s R S Engineering Industries. The handwritten bill of sale is in the nostalgic color of paper which was popularly used at the time. The model of sale is the Standard Bullet 350 cc which has been around for the longest period.
According to the bill, the dealership was Sandeep Auto Company which was located at the time in Kothari Market in Bokaro Steel City in Jharkhand. The bill had the original Enfield logo on top. The on-road amount on the bill was mentioned as Rs 18,800 but what seems to be like a discount or some sorts Rs 250 was reduced. Another Rs 150 was added and the final amount came down to Rs 18,700. Currently, the on-road price of Standard Bullet 350 is around Rs 1.7 lakh!
The Chennai based bikemaker Royal Enfield brand, including its original English heritage, is the oldest global motorcycle brand in continuous production. The company operates manufacturing plants in Chennai in India. The Enfield Cycle Company of Redditch, Worcestershire, England, which created and produced the Royal Enfield Bullet, the longest-lasting motorbike design in history, produced the first Royal Enfield motorcycle in 1901. Indian-born Madras Motors, which is now a part of Indian carmaker Eicher Motors Limited, obtained the licence from the original English Royal Enfield.
The model billed in the picture is its standard 350 cc bike. This bike is an extremely important bike in the company’s lineup since its beginning. After the independence of India from the British Empire, the new administration searched for a motorbike that would be suitable for its army to use in border patrol. The Royal Enfield Bullet was determined to be the best motorcycle for the task in 1952. The government purchased 800 of the 350 cc models in 1954. The Redditch business joined together with Madras Motors in India to create “Enfield India” in 1955 so that Madras could produce the 350 cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorbike under license.
Fast forward to seven decades later the company has now become one of the most succesful two-wheeler brands in the country. Currently it has prodcuts in multiple segments and is on its to route to introduce a lot more in the future. It has been reported that the company is currently working on all-new 450 cc Dual Over Head Camshaft (DOHC) engine which features liquid cooling for the first in its history. The first sighting of this engine occurred on the treacherous terrains of Leh-Ladakh mounted on what has been figured out as the new generation of the Himalayan Adventure tourer.