Thursday, February 2, 2017

On two wheels: over 130 vintage bikes go under the hammer at Coys London Motorcycle Show auction

1939 Moto Guzzi 205 Albatros Compressore Gerolamo
International auctioneers Coys are putting under the hammer over 130 classic sports and racing bikes worth millions of pounds at their second international auction at the London Motorcycle Show on Saturday 18th February.








The auction is one of the main features of the London Motorcycle Show, one of the world's largest motorcycle events. The show features everything on two wheels with all top manufacturers showcasing the very latest machines. It achieved an astounding attendance figure in 2016 with 38,786 visitors.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “We are delighted to return to London for our landmark annual motorcycle sale with a wide range of classic sports and racing bikes. This is the only international motorcycle auction of this scale and calibre ever held in the nation's capital, at one of the most important motorcycle shows in the world.”

The selection of stunning, rare and unique motorcycles to be auctioned off boasts gems such as a 1939 Moto Guzzi 250 Albatros compressore ‘Gerolamo’ (estimated at £70,000 to £100,000), a 1934 Brough Superior 680 Junior, 1 of only 5 known surviving examples (£80,000 - £100,000), a 1923 Harley-Davidson Model J (£20,000 - £25,000) and a 1979 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica (£24,000 - £28,000).

Other important lots include a 1957 Mondial 250 Bialbero (£85,000 - £95,000), a 1999 Ducati 996 RS ex-Troy Corser Team Ducati Factory Superbike (£50,000 - £60,000), a 1914 Clyno (£30,000 - £50,000) and a 1920 Herley Davidson Model F (£20,000 - £25,000).

The sale features bikes from the famous Hitchcock’s Motorcycle Collection. A Hitchcock & Sons motorcycle shop was located in Folkestone, Kent and was a mecca for all British bikers from the 1950’s onwards. Primarily a Triumph specialist Jock Hitchcock also sponsored riders in the ISDT as well as his son Don (on a Greeves) and with whom he ran the shop.

Routledge said: “The Hitchcocks collected many rare and interesting British bikes over the years, but sadly both have passed away. This collection is being offered for sale for the first time with many motorcycles in 'barn find' condition and many more offered at no reserve.”

Lots from Hitchcock’s Collection include a 1912 Triumph 3.5 HP, formerly registered as ‘OLD 1’ and Ex Bert Greeves (£10,000 - £14,000), a 1914 Zenith Gradua 770cc V-Twin JAP (£13,000 - £18,000) and a 1927 Brough Superior Overhead Valve 680 (£50,000 - £60,000).

The no reserve section features a 1952 Triumph T100 Tiger, a 1920 Triumph Model H, a 1931 Dunelt 250CC Model K and a 1923 Dot Bradshow 350CC ‘Oil Boiler.’

The show runs from Friday 17th February to Sunday 19th February 2017 at ExCeL, London.

Address: ExCeL, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL
Date: 18 February 2016
Time: 14:30hs
Viewing: Friday 17th February from 9.00hs to 17.00hs
  Saturday 18th February from 9.00hs to 14.30hs
The digital auction catalogue is available at www.coys.co.uk/upcoming-auctions.