Ham­mer falls at Earl Har­ring­ton’s auc­tion, lucky man wins pres­tige PS tie, Pre­ston Petty is back

For­mer bike dealer’s yard mobbed as US re­stor­ers ramp up the bids for projects

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The rush to hoover up more than 2000 clas­sic and PS era bikes, plus myr­iad new and used spares at the Earl Har­ring­ton auc­tion, (as pre­viewed in the last is­sue) saw hun­dreds of ex­cited buy­ers de­scend on Earl’s Florida prop­erty. They bought up all but two lots of scrap. The auc­tion­eers, J. Wood & Com­pany, were still to­talling up the num­bers as we went to press, but our man on the in­side, PS reader Ian Camp­bell, was there bid­ding on a Cb400/four that tick­led his fancy, and wit­nessed the fre­netic ac­tion first-hand.

“It was very busy at the auc­tion with some se­ri­ous buy­ers in at­ten­dance,” Ian told us. “Prices were way higher than I could jus­tify. I had my heart set on a 400/Four that I could never af­ford in 1977 but it went for $1250 plus 10 per cent buyer’s pre­mium and seven per cent tax on top of that.

“Sev­eral guys there were bid­ding on any­thing – heaps of com­plete junk were go­ing for hun­dreds of dol­lars – par­tic­u­larly British stuff. My Ger­man pal was con­vinced he’d walk away with a nice Z1 and was pre­pared to go to $10,500 – the bid­ding started at $10K and it sold for $12.5K plus taxes!

Un­sur­pris­ingly the Tri­umph Hur­ri­cane made strong dough; $23,500. “I spoke to Jerry the auc­tion­eer at the end of the sec­ond day – he was pretty ex­hausted – and he said it’d gone well. I think Earl will be a happy man; they must have made hun­dreds of thou­sands.”

Ian spoke to Earl at the auc­tion. He com­pli­mented our man on his RC51 (SP-1), and said that when all the auc­tion stuff is done and he’s set­tled up he’s plan­ning on get­ting an RC51 him­self. So ex­pect that to be up for sale in 20 years-time, along with sev­eral thou­sand more…

“Sev­eral guys there were bid­ding on any­thing – heaps of com­plete junk were go­ing for hun­dreds of dol­lars – par­tic­u­larly British stuff”

Ev­ery­thing (that’s 2000 bikes), bar two heaps of junk, went un­der the auc­tion­eer’s ham­mer

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