Over £1 million pounds worth of classic motorcycles and vintage scooters successfully found new homes after being sold at H&H Classics’ first two-wheeled auction of 2023. Among the near 200 bikes and scooters up for sale, the headline-grabbing 1936 Indian 4 was the most expensive motorcycle sold, selling for £65,550, while the most expensive scooter, an extremely original 1971 Lambretta DL200 Electronic sold for a final price of £21,275 when the hammer dropped at the National Motorcycle Museum on 29 March 2023.
With strong demand across the board for both bikes and scooters resulting in an impressive 87% sale rate, a 1961 Triumph 5TA Speed Twin, owned by TV’s Henry Cole, was among the stars of the day. After a fierce bidding war, the ITV4 ‘Shed and Buried’ presenter sold his 5TA for an above estimate £5,750 which will appear on the show.
Meanwhile, the ace speed trio of the 1949 Vincent Black Shadow, 1991 Norton F1, and 2006 Ducati 749R race bike all had strong performances with the Black Shadow selling for a fantastic £33,350 - £18,350 over the lower estimate, after an online bidding war between two enthusiasts in Australia and the United Kingdom. The Norton F1 went on to sell for £36,800 and the Ducati 749R achieved £18,400 at the hammer.
The oldest motorcycle on offer, the dismantled 1912 Rex JAP, went on to sell for double its lowest estimate and was purchased for £10,350. Despite requiring a full ground-up restoration, this pioneer motorcycle project still had its registration number issued in Norfolk and both buff and continuation log books.
Mike Davis, senior motorcycle specialist, H&H Classics commented: “The classic motorcycle and vintage scooter auction is always a lively event. It’s fantastic to see so many of the scooters and bikes on offer go to start their next chapters with their new owners.”
Alongside the classic motorcycles, there was strong interest in many of the vintage scooters which were up for auction. As well as the 1971 Lambretta DL200 Electronic, the 1968 Lambretta SX200 was also part of the scooter royalty on offer, being an award-winning ‘Mod’-style scooter, which was sold for £10,350.
Davis concluded: “A massive thank you to our vendors and bidders from around the world for coming together to take part in H&H Classics’ first two-wheeled auction of the year – turning a wet and grey Wednesday into something which was really exciting.”
Preparation is already under way for the next classic motorcycle and vintage scooter auction which is being held at the National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday 12th July.
To view the full list of results from H&H Classics’ sale at the National Motorcycle Museum, click here, or visit www.handh.co.uk.