AUC­TIONS

Black Shadow with a sur­pris­ing es­ti­mate is just one of the early en­tries for H&H’S next sale at the Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum

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Eye-open­ing re­sults plus se­ri­ous temp­ta­tion for those fond of a bid

Even with the cat­a­logue re­main­ing open for a few more weeks yet, there are al­ready plenty of in­ter­est­ing lots con­firmed for the next H&H sale. Stand­ing out among the early en­tries the 1951 Vin­cent Black Shadow pic­tured here, which is be­ing of­fered with an es­ti­mate of £40,00050,000 – rather less than you might ex­pect for a Se­ries C Shadow. The rea­son is that the engine is not the orig­i­nal V-twin, but a new unit that was built in 2011. How­ever, for a buyer look­ing for a ma­chine to ride rather than a mu­seum piece, this surely shouldn’t de­tract from the Vin­cent’s al­lure, and the bike is still likely to ap­pre­ci­ate in value over the years – even if not quite at the rate you’d ex­pect for a match­ing-num­bers ex­am­ple.

There is an in­ter­est­ing se­lec­tion of pre-war Bri­tish clas­sics al­ready con­signed, too. A lovely, un­re­stored, 1925 Tri­umph Model P de­scribed as be­ing very orig­i­nal and in good run­ning order – it suc­cess­fully com­pleted the 2018 Ban­bury Run – has an es­ti­mate of £6000-7000 and looks good for a few more Ban­burys to come.

If a Ban­bury-el­i­gi­ble ma­chine is what you’re look­ing for, there’s a 1927 Raleigh Model 21 (es­ti­mate £70008000), a fab­u­lous match­ing-num­bers 1929 BSA Sloper (es­ti­mate £5000-7000) from the same de­ceased es­tate col­lec­tion as the Black Shadow, plus a rather tidy 1929 Sun­beam Model 9/90 (es­ti­mate £7000-9000) that’s also from the same col­lec­tion.

There will no doubt be plenty more to come be­fore the cat­a­logue closes, so keep an eye out for up­dates at H&H’S web­site – handh.co.uk

Se­ries C Black Shadow has an es­ti­mate of £40k-50k

BE­LOW: Doubt if the Shadow will be left at the al­tar, de­spite its non-orig­i­nal engine

RIGHT: 1929 BSA Sloper has an es­ti­mate of £5000-7000

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