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