H&H Classics Motorcycle & Scooter Auction Makes Stunning Total Of £1.5m with 90% Sold!

MV Agusta Heads The Sale At £101,240

09/12/2022     General News


1973 MV AGUSTA 750 S MADE £101,240

A rammed saleroom and more than 1,500 bidders registered from all over the world made for an exciting H&H Classic sale on December 7thwith an outstanding sell rate of 90% and a whopping total of £1.5 million.

Mike Davis, of H&H Bike sales, said; “It was an electric atmosphere with many bidding battles and a fantastic result for all involved. It is one of the best and most rewarding sales I’ve put together.”

The sale headline bike was the MV Agusta which sold for £101,240. This Iconic MV Agusta 750 S has been in the vendor's hands since 1986. It was reviously on display for many years at the Midland Motor Museum

The mileage is believed correct due to lack of use as it was on display. Purchased by the vendor in 1986 and then placed back on loan at the museum. The MV will need recommissioning before use due to storage, but has been run from time to time. Current V5C and various paperwork including old mot certs and purchase receipt on file

Launched in 1970, the MV Agusta 750 S was hand-built, rare and priced accordingly with just 583 examples ever built. The MV 750 S was developed from the MV Agusta 4C 600cc. The engine was then bored out to 743cc with the additional fitting of four Dell' Orto carburettors and increasing it to 65bhp The colour scheme was unique for the 705 S, painted in Red, White and Blue. A very desirable machine today and one for the MV collector.

1947 HRD Series B Rapide owned for 55 years sold for £38,525

This 1947 HRD Rapide was purchased by the late vendor in 1967 for the sum of £40.00, with a receipt on file. It was used for just a few years before being taken apart and stored.

Introduced post war, the Vincent-HRD Rapide Series B went into production in 1946. The fastest motorcycle you could buy, at the time. Unit construction allowed Vincent to combine the engine and gearbox into a single casing. Philip Vincent summarised his frame design philosophy in his memoirs, writing "What isn't present takes up no space, cannot bend, and weighs nothing — so eliminate the frame tubes!

Found in a shed in the Durham area some years ago, 1929 Rex Acme TT Replica only one known of its kind sold for £28,175

A very striking and handsome machine that seldom comes onto the market. Rare parallel 500cc pushrod engine. Found in a shed in the Durham area some years ago.

The Rex on offer has been used and enjoyed by the current owner since he purchased it and has done many events in the UK and Europe.

Cosmetically restored and running well, and sounds wonderful.Comes complete with a current V5C old MOT certificates, handwritten notes and VMCC paperwork

Rex was founded by the brothers Pilkington as a car manufacturer in Coventry in 1899. Rex soon merged with a Coventry maker of bicycles and cars, Allard, and then later in 1922 the company merged with Coventry's 'Acme' motorcycle company forming 'Rex-Acme'. The company existed until 1933, and, in its heyday, was considered one of the greatest names in the British motorcycle industry.

1963 Lambretta TV200 (GT200) stunning restoration with extensive history sold for £20,930

Registered new on November 8th, 1963, in Carshalton, Surrey with full documented ownership history.

This beautifully restored example of a genuine GT200 was sold new by Surrey Scooters and has always been in Surrey ownership. Sold new to a Thomas Dawson on November 8th, 1963 it was then sold to a David Stagg in 1968 before being sold to legendary Lambretta guru Chuck Swonnell whose name appears on the original buff logbook. Chuck owned the scooter for approximately 40 years before leaving it in his will to his friend Vic Dickens who in turn sold the scooter to our vendor just over a year ago.

Simon Cowell previously owned 2015 Vespa 946 Bellissima Sold for £10,810


A very rare Vespa, only 100 Bellissima models ever produced with only one former keeper - Simon Cowell.

Donated to a charity auction by Simon Cowell and supplied with the certificate of authenticity. This example was donated into the Susan George charity auction ‘My Things and Others’ run by The Prop Store in February this year, with the donations coming from her close and personal friends. The then 'Lot number 22 - Personal Items' was Simon Cowell's 946 Vespa scooter and was purchased directly at the auction by the partner of our vendor. Presented in Metallic Silver with a Burgundy leather seat, this special edition model has a UK MOT certificate confirming the mileage as only 121km at the time of consignment. Certified authenticity. A truly collectible Vespa.

Only c.121km recorded. Hugely collectible deluxe model seldom seen for sale. Great investment opportunity.

1971 Lambretta GP200 Electronic with excellent provenance sold for £20,733

Rare electronic version of the design icon by Nuccio Bertone acclaimed for his designs for Ferrari and Lamborghini.

The GP200 was the last of the great Lambretta scooters that rolled off of Innocenti’s production line in Milan. Produced from January 1969 until April 1971 it is believed a total of only 9,350 DL/GP200’s were made. The GP200 followed the SX200 and retained the engine prefix of SX200 before the serial number. The iconic bodywork followed the trends of the day - the early 1970s. The Bertone design was more streamlined than its predecessors with a new 22/2 frame and rectangular headlight. There were, however, significant improvements to the engine over the SX including: improved crankshaft, a complete overhaul of the gearbox ratios and improved Ducati ignition. The Electronic version went even further with a 6v electronic ignition and CDI unit and these today are extremely collectible.

George Brough’s wristwatch
  - 1940s/ 1950s Omega Bumper RA Watch sold for £6,325

To own something personal of the legendary motorcycle and car designer George Brough must surely be an ambition of every biking enthusiast and now his personal wristwatch is coming to auction with H&H Classics.

The Brough name is better known for motorcycles than cars, as the company produced over 3,000 two-wheelers between 1919 and 1940. Dubbed the `Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles', they were prestige machines that attracted a discerning clientele, and among the many famous Brough owners were George Bernard Shaw and T E Lawrence (`Lawrence of Arabia') who had no less than eight and, of course, famously lost his life on one.

His watch would have been a constant companion on his wrist as he designed his wonderful machines and then made them live.