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auctions all set for classic big-spend weekend

The classic bike auction world is gearing up for the bumper weekend of the year on 22-23 April when 250-300 classics come to the sales block.

Cheffins starts the action on Saturday (22 April) with the promise of about 70 entries at its permanent site at Sutton, Cambridgeshire. Keynote here is variety with machines from Italy, Britain, Spain, Germany, Japan, and the Czech republic. Star machine is a glamorous 1951 650 Triumph Thunderbird (pictured) built for classic speed records at Bonneville, USA, taking a class record in 2008. Estimated at £15,000-£16,000 it comes with a spare engine.

Bonhams has 180 entries so far and may hit close to 200 for its annual high profile international sale as part of the Classic MotorCycle show at the Stafford Showground on Sunday (23 April).

Headline machine here is the Velocette ridden by Freddie Frith to win the inaugural 350 world championship in 1949. This works MkVIII has been rebuilt with genuine works parts, says Bonhams. Estimate £120,000-£150,000.

The roster of high value stock includes a 1930 Brough Superior Black Alpine 680 (estimate £140,000) .a barn find Vincent ‘White’ Shadow V-twin (£50,000-£60,000), the first  MV F4 Serie Oro (Gold Series, 1998) reputed to be the first example sold to a member of the public and still in its crate (£28,000-£36,000), and the ex-Mike Hailwood/John Surtees dohc 250 Ducati road racer (£80,000-£100,000).

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