More than 60 super-rare classic and vintage bikes are going under the hammer at next month’s Cheffins Vintage Sale in Cambridgeshire, including a 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mark I, and a pre-war 1936 350cc Norton International.
The bikes have come from private collections across the UK, featuring machinery from the 1920s up to the early 2000s. One of the leading lots will be that 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans, Mark I, which is set to sell for between £10,000 and £12,000. The bike has been with its current owner in Hertfordshire for the past 39 years and has been fully restored.
Another highlight is an Ariel HT5 from 1957. Lauded as one of the greatest trials bikes ever, and with a short production run from only 1956-59, the Ariel HT5 is one of the market’s most sought-after collectors’ trials bikes. This example has been fully restored and has an estimate of £10,000 – £11,000.
A 1970 500cc Triumph Rickman ‘Petite’ Metisse from the same collection, which has been professionally rebuilt. It’s an important and unique example, having been ridden by Harry Foster, the builder of Otter solo frames and sidecars, and has an estimate of £10,000 – £12,000. Among the earlier bikes is a fully original 1940 500cc BSA WM20, which was used during WWII. The bike has not been restored and remains in its full wartime outfit, including War Department tyres. With the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings taking place next year, this motorbike would be good purchase for military history enthusiasts, and it has an estimate of £4,000 – £5,000. In addition, the 1936 350cc Norton International 40 has been on display in a private museum in Essex since its purchase seven years ago. With a great racing pedigree, this motorbike is set to sell for £16,000 – £18,000.
At the other end of the scale, there are four collectable 1970s mopeds on offer, including a 1975 Yamaha FS1E, a 1976 Suzuki AP50, a 1975 Fantic Ti50 and a 1976 Fantic Chopper, all of which have been consigned from the same 50cc-mad collector.
Jeremy Curzon from Cheffins told BDN, “We have carefully curated this sale to ensure that there is something for everyone, with motorcycles from both pre and post-war, a variety of values and a large range of makes and models. We have seen that collectable bikes from the 1970s and 1980s are currently where the market is most active. However, the best in class of pre-war and military machines are also consistently sought-after. Of particular note is the Moto Guzzi Le Mans which is a real centrefold bike and is beautifully presented. This would be a great get-on-and-ride-away example, having been used very sparingly by the current owner. Similarly, the Ariel HT5, which is arguably one of the best trial bikes ever built and a real rarity, would be a lot to watch for collectors. There is also a single owner collection of pre and post-war BSAs for restoration, including a rare three-wheeler and the most iconic collection of ‘Sixteener’ mopeds from the 1970s, all fascinating stuff.”
The sale will take place on 22 Saturday, July, at the Cheffins Machinery Saleground, Sutton, near Ely, CB6 2QT. More information: www.cheffins.co.uk