Monday, September 14, 2020

Richard Edmonds Auctions 12 September

There was a strong entry of machines in the last Richard Edmonds motorcycle auction. Some 70 in total. In these times of Corona Virus viewing was held over the three days prior and bidding both live and online. I personally viewed on the Thursday before by appointment and it was a very civilised and gentle experience having pretty much the full auction just to myself to look around. I did not follow bidding on the day but most of the bikes found new homes. Personally I thought many of the prices a bit low: there could be many reasons for this.. There has been a surfeit of auctions of late, folks are nervous about spending money with the looming recession hanging over us and the auction was held just as the Government announced the return of more stringent measures to try to hold back the second wave of the virus. Either way on the day it was seemingly a buyers market and undoubtedly there were a good number of happy new owners come close of play. If I had had the ready cash there were several machines I would have been delighted to have come home with. A small sample of lots on offer below. For more details see the Richard Edmonds website.

I was rather in love with this 1928 Harley Peashooter. A bike
very seldom seen in the UK. The condition was beautiful and
the hammer price at £12000 was a steal. Quite gutted I didn't
have the readies to buy it.

Peashooter power plant.

The restoration work on the Peashooter appeared
to be of excellent quality.

And the flip side of the Peashooter.

Ex Wehrmacht Zundapp KS600 combo. Running around on an
ex-Nazi steed wouldn't be my cup of tea but these are sort after
bikes and very high quality machines. This one looked tidy and
all correct but would certainly need a good bit of fettling to return
to the road. Give me one in civilian trim and I would be very happy.
A bid of £8000 bought the bike. Another bargain.

1927 Scott Super Squirrel. Did other folks know
something about this lot that I did not? It seemed
to be a lovely correct Scott two speeder and I
personally couldn't really fault it. £5000 was a
bargain price, if I had been there on the day I think
this bike might have gotten me in trouble when I
returned home.....

The svelte lines of a Vintage Scott.

1937 BSA Empire Star 250cc obviously needed a bit of work
but what a lovely genuine original bike. It would be a crime to
restore it. £3400 was the hammer price.

Something a bit different. You don't see many Norton featherbed
framed off roaders. Unfortunately it didn't attract a buyer.

Honda CB160ss from 1967 in the foreground made £2600 and
reflects the growing interest in Japanese classics. In the
background rather an interesting Armstrong MT500 military
machine. This bike was created by Wasp as a combination for
the Ministry of Defence to evaluate. It made £4900.

I was very taken with this 1930 Scott Sprint Special. A very
genuine and correct bike, one of the sportiest models made by
Scott and as nippy a vintage bike as you will find for less than
a six figure sum. It needed fettling but £9100 was very reasonable. 

Power plant of an NSU 251 OSL. A very rare
bike in the UK and in lovely condition. £4300
seemed a good price.

Another lovely original bike that one can only
pray will stay in its original paint. A 1935
New Imperial Model 40 350cc. One of the very
well thought of range of unit construction New
Imps of the thirties. A snip at £3200.

1957 Moto Guzzi ohc 175cc Lodola. Someone
took home a sweet bike for £1500.

This Norton fetched a good price - £3400 for a WD 16H model
in need of plenty of work and parts.

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