As per title I have acquired a very early Suffolk Punch. Apart from having a model 1A engine, other features that make it even earlier is the engine cowl which does not incorporate the stamping for the recoil starters - when the recoil came in as an option the stamping was changed and fitted to all engines regardless of rope or recoil start. Also there appears to be no serial number on the mower, The side plate does not have "Serial No " cast in to it below where the serial number would normally be stamped, and I have yet to find its location if it is stamped anywhere at all. Finally the engine number is 40435. As I doubt that they would have made 40435 engines by the time this was made, so I suspect that they started from 40001 and this may be the 435th 75cc engine that they ever made.
What else makes this machine remarkable is that it appears to be very original, it has the original silencer still which seems to be in good condition, even the fuel hose is rubber rather than a clear plastic replacement. I was told it was regularly used until recently, and the general condition seems to be of an old but well maintained machine. The oil level was correct, the adjustment of the blades was not far out, and the engine started, ran and idled beautifully - all the carb. settings seemed to be spot on. It is unfortunate that someone seems to have cut a hole in the chain guard, but at least I could see at a glance that the chains were nice and shiny and without rust. It has a really nice dipstick too. I don't know if it is original, all Suffolks I have seen with the "dipstick" in sump have a split pin as the dipstick, but this one is a rather nice alloy wing nut screwed on to a rod with the levels clearly marked. Perhaps an earlier version before they went to the cheaper split pin type, or maybe a previous owner decided they wanted something better and made it?
There is a small thought lodged in the bottom of my mind that I may just have bought the oldest Suffolk Punch there is, unless someone knows different?