Fea­tur­ing ex­ot­ica and ephemera in equal mea­sure, H&H’S July sale proved auc­tions aren’t just for well-heeled col­lec­tors

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Eye-open­ing sales and se­ri­ously en­tic­ing lots

Per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly, it was the tra­di­tional top of the range Bri­tish and Amer­i­can clas­sics that made the run­ning price-wise at H&H Auc­tions’ July sale at The Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum. Top of the heap, sell­ing for £51,750 was a 1955 Vincent Black Knight com­bi­na­tion. Of­fered in im­mac­u­late, run­ning con­di­tion, the match­ing-num­bers bike was teamed with a Wat­so­nian side­car and fit­ted with elec­tric start (though all the orig­i­nal parts were in­cluded in the sale).

An­other Vincent that did well was a 1951 Se­ries C Comet, con­verted to 998cc V-twin power in 1964. The de­ceased ven­dor had in­tended to re­store the ma­chine to Light­ning spec, but died be­fore re­al­is­ing his dream. An ideal ‘en­try level’ Vincent twin, the un­fin­ished project made £24,750 – slightly over its top es­ti­mate of £23,000.

Fetch­ing £34,312.50 (more than £14,000 over top es­ti­mate) was a de­light­ful 1914, 540cc In­dian Lit­tle Twin, be­lieved to be the bike on which Oliver God­frey fin­ished joint sec­ond in the 1914 TT.

But the sale also pro­vided a great cross-sec­tion of more af­ford­able ma­chines, too. While a large col­lec­tion of Ital­ian mopeds and lightweights en­joyed mixed for­tunes – a 1967 48cc Du­cati SL1 made an im­pres­sive £5962.50, though many sports mopeds failed to sell – Bri­tish and Ja­panese clas­sics went well. A 1965 BSA A65T Light­ning, a good run­ner with MOT, sold for £4106.25 and a circa 1970 Us-mar­ket Honda CL175 street scram­bler resto project made £618.75.

In­ci­den­tally, star of the parts and projects sec­tion of the sale just had to be a pair of circa 1949 Vincent Gir­draulic forks. Num­bered, but in need of to­tal restora­tion, they made a hefty £2362.50. For that, you could have bought al­most five of the 1993 Kawasaki ZZ-R1100 that sold for £478.13.

Cute 48cc Du­cati SL1 made an im­pres­sive £5962.50

BE­LOW: 1955 Vincent Black Knight out­fit achieved the high­est price at £51,750

RIGHT: 1914 In­dian Lit­tle Twin made well over es­ti­mate at £34,000-plus

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