VA­RI­ETY ACT

Di­ver­sity is clearly a good thing, as proved by this spring sale

Classic Bike (UK) - - World -

The breadth of ma­chin­ery on of­fer was surely one of the key fac­tors as 92% of the 71 motorcycles sold at Ch­effins Cam­bridge Vin­tage Sale on April 22. A sig­nif­i­cant one-owner col­lec­tion, of­fered with­out re­serve, threw up a num­ber of more af­ford­able gems, in­clud­ing a 1965 BSA A65 com­plete with MOT (£3300) and a 1970 Benelli Tor­nado (£2300), while a com­plete but un­re­stored 1964, 124cc Gil­era Sei Giorno Spe­ciale found a new owner at £800.

The cream though, al­ways floats to the top – and this pre-war AJS proved the point. The 1938, 499cc Model 38/8, twin port sin­gle – in ex­cel­lent, re­stored run­ning or­der and with a com­pre­hen­sive his­tory file, hit its es­ti­mate squarely, mak­ing £10,500, while a lovely 1927 Scott Su­per Squir­rel – repa­tri­ated from Aus­tralia in 2014 – did like­wise, sell­ing for £9396.

Ch­effins’ next Cam­bridge Vin­tage sale is on July 15 – they’ve set the bar very high...

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