In­vest­ing in two-wheel nos­tal­gia

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - MIKE HAN­LON

VIN­CENT mo­tor­cy­cles dom­i­nated Jan­uary’s Las Ve­gas Mo­tor­cy­cle auc­tions this year, with seven of the top 10 most ex­pen­sive bikes of the two auc­tions, and a new world record for any Vin­cent mo­tor­cy­cle of $434 000 (R7 292 046) go­ing to a Chi­nese Red Vin­cent White Shadow 1000 cc V-twin

At the top end of the mar­ket­place, there seems to have been an ex­pec­ta­tion from sellers that was not met by buy­ers, and as re­serves were set above what the mar­ket was pre­pared to pay, the “zone of po­ten­tial agree­ment” be­tween buy­ers and sellers at the top end has evap­o­rated al­most en­tirely.

The mid-range in the mar­ket, though, grew in Las Ve­gas, with seven­ties mo­tor­cy­cles in par­tic­u­lar sell­ing for record num­bers.

The most valu­able Vin­cent Shadow was the White Shadow, as only 15 were built, and at the same Bon­hams auc­tion at Bally’s Ho­tel & Casino held one year ago, a 1950 Vin­cent Se­ries C “White” Shadow sold for $224 250, set­ting a world record for the model.

Hav­ing just sold for $434 000, the bike is now the new record holder for the model and the mar­que, sur­pass­ing the pre­vi­ous most ex­pen­sive Vin­cent to have sold at auc­tion, a 1939 Vin­cent Se­ries A Rapide which fetched $418,940 in April, 2015.

The 1912 Hen­der­son Four sold for $181 500. This bike al­ready held the ti­tle of the most ex­pen­sive Hen­der­son ever be­fore sold, hav­ing fetched $225 500 at the E.J. Cole Col­lec­tion auc­tion in March, 2015. This time around, it fetched $50 000 less.

A 1917 model also sold for $209 000 in March, 2015.

— Giz­mag.

At the top end of the mar­ket­place, there seems to have been an ex­pec­ta­tion from sellers that was not met by buy­ers, and as re­serves were set above what the mar­ket was pre­pared to pay, the “zone of po­ten­tial agree­ment” be­tween buy­ers and sellers at the top end has evap­o­rated al­most en­tirely.

Hav­ing a rare fall in value, this 1912 Hen­der­son Four sold for $181 500 (R3 046 976), which was $50 000 less than its pre­vi­ous record price.

PHOTO: GIZ­MAG/SOMER HOOKER

PHOTO: GIZ­MAG

Com­pared to oth­ers, the 1955 Vin­cent Se­ries-D Black Prince is non­de­script, and fetched $132 000 (R2 215 983).

PHOTO: GIZ­MAG

Not all Pope mo­biles have four wheels. This 1913 Pope Model L Twin sold for $94 300 (R1 585 838) at the Bon­hams auc­tion. Its 1000 cc V-twin en­gine was good for 70 mph, mak­ing it the fastest pro­duc­tion mo­tor­cy­cle in the world in 1918. The world record for the mar­que and model is $126 500, set at the E.J. Cole Col­lec­tion sale last year.

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