Cen­tury-old James for auc­tion

Old Bike Australasia - - MOTO GUZZI V7 • IRON MAX • VEE TWO • JAMES AUCTION -

This vet­eran James 600cc side valve and side­car (be­low) will be up for auc­tion on March 29 as part of the Aus­tralian Mo­tor­ing Fes­ti­val at Mel­bourne Show­grounds. Auc­tion­eers Moss­green say that the James was orig­i­nally sold in 1915 to Mr Chap­man, a butcher in Port Au­gusta, South Australia. It was rid­den for a year or so and then stored un­til 1958 when It was sold to a Mr War­ren Hicks. It was later re­stored by David Provan, who re­placed the rot­ted wicker side­car with a metal ver­sion. It has been in the cur­rent own­er­ship for 25 years and the es­ti­mated price range is $45,000-$50,000. En­quiries to Robert Richards: [email protected]­green.com.au or (03) 9508 8888.

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