Sometimes pure gold appears on the auction scene
Fancy something spectacular in your garage or possibly front room given the condition and desirability of the motorcycles in this collection?
If so then you really do need to be along to the Alexandra Palace in London this coming weekend for the Bonhams Auction during the ‘Ally Pally Show’.
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A glance through the catalogue of this incredible one owner collection had even the jaded palate of this writer drooling. It’s not just the fabulous dirt bikes but the iconic road and racing machines too.
Described as “better than showroom condition” by Bonhams motorcycle specialist Ben Walker, the nearly 70 lots to come under the hammer on Sunday, September 23 at 2pm cover the most desirable eras of two-wheel fabulosity.
From the Fizzie sports mopeds which countless 16-year-olds cut their motorcycling teeth on before heading on to the next motorcycle stage with the RD Yamahas, or the first of the Japanese superbikes – Honda’s incredible 750/4 which heralded in multi-cyclinder ohc for the masses where it had been the preserve of road racings elite.
How about an MV Agusta? A racing ‘three’ perhaps? Or a Magni ‘four’? Too passe? Maybe Ducati is more your style or a Laverda perhaps?
Not impressed? Well what about some dirt action with lots on offer from Japan, Sweden, Spain, the UK or Germany as Honda’s Elsinore, 400 Cross Husky, a handful of Bultacos rub handlebars with a Maico a multitude of Greeves both MX and trials and a stunning Cheney Victor BSA, reputed to be an ex-Vic Allan machine, though a buyer would have to confirm.
There’s British racing singles from AJS and Matchless – is that ohc engine the most beautiful power plant ever created? There’s a genuine ex-Francis Beat Manx Norton – featured in the current Classic MotorCyclemagazine – and as the pages of the catalogue flick over there’s Gold Star singles – scrambles and road racing, a Rocket Goldie and the ultra-rare Triumph Bonneville T120C scrambler from 1961 which goes alongside the TT Bonneville models, ‘TT’ as in TT Steeplechase, a uniquely American style of racing described as flattrack with jumps, where the Meriden 650s were the first choice of many racers.
Rest assured the auction will be well attended as such desirable machines don’t come up everyday. Though it might be too tight to have a catalogue sent out there’s more information on the lots available at www.bonhams.com/25250 where you can register for on line bidding up until 48 hours before the auction.Enjoy more Classic Motorcycle Mechanics reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.