More than 100 collectable motorbikes will go to auction at the National Motorcycle Museum in the West Midlands on Saturday September 2 – including four motorcycle and sidecar “combinations” that have belonged to the same engineer owner for more than 30 years.
The sale, which is being run by specialist classic vehicle auctioneer H&H, will also feature no fewer than 11 Harley-Davidsons, ranging from a 1929 Model D at £16,000-£19,000 to a rare civilian version of the EL 1000 (£25,000-£28,000), built in 1942 at the height of the second world war, and a 2005 1,340cc chopper (£22,000-£24,000) dubbed “Darth Vader”. The stars of the show, however, are set to be a 1951 Vincent Black Shadow Series C, tipped to realise up to £80,000, and a 1962 Matchless G50 racer at £35,000-£40,000.
The oldest of the quartet of bike-sidecar duos in the auction is a Danish-built 750cc Nimbus (£7,000-£9,000) from 1936 that remains in original, unrestored and fully running condition and comes with a period-correct Bender sidecar. It will be sold alongside a 1962 Panther Model 120 (£5,000-£7,000) with a two-seater sidecar by British maker Watsonian, while a 1957 Ariel Square Four and a 1961 former Dutch police force BMW R69S, each fitted with top-quality German-made Steib sidecars, could each realise up to £17,000.
Numerous machines from other celebrated British marques, including Norton, Triumph and Velocette, will also be going under the hammer, as well as an array of Japanese classics, such as a 1969 Kawasaki H1 500cc and a 1974 H2B 748cc – each with a screaming, three-cylinder, two-stroke engine, and both estimated at about £9,000. More modern offerings include a rare, limited edition 1979 Honda CB750 SS Britain (£8,000-£10,000) and an Australian-built RTV Vincent (£40,000-£45,000) from 1998 that is one of only four to have been made.