THINKING OF BUYING?
Mr Melling’s low opinion of the RE5, collectors have taken this quirky classic to their hearts. Its current desirability is reflected by its rising prices, which range from around £3000 for a non-running barn-find bitsa to £15k for one in concours condition, as seen here… BARGAIN BASEMENT: £2999 secures a non-running 1974 edition from Classic Bike Imports, no petrol tank or carb and the engine doesn’t turn over. Does have good pipes, clocks, indicators and headlamp bowl. Comes with NOVA paperwork EBAY BARN FIND: this 1975 example has been offered online at £5500. The seller says ‘it was serviced and it ran straight away and passed an MoT. Documents are lost…’ so it may not be entirely straightforward to return to the road BOUGHT AT BONHAMS: someone happily paid £9200 at the Stafford sale for this unusual 1975 machine with under 9000 miles on the clock. It was the bike purchased by Norton Motors, back in the day when they studied the RE-5 while developing the Norton rotary engine. Apparently, Norton stripped, numbered and evaluated every component. It was sold when the Shenstone factory closed, and the recent owner completely restored it