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Classic motorcycle bonanza at auction

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1958 85cc MV Agusta

Classic motorcycle enthusiasts around the world will be watching the Shannons Sydney Late Autumn Auction on May 26 when 20 sought-after classic motorcycles from three separate collections go under the hammer.

Shannons continues its rollout of important Harley-Davidson, Italian and British bikes that began last year, and the words all auction bidders love to hear is “no reserve” on nine of the bikes.

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1918 Harley-Davidson outfit

The auction will be Shannons first in Sydney to feature online bidding which they introduced on May 5 for their Melbourne Autumn auction. The new online option attracted 60 registered bidders who bought nearly 30% of the vehicles sold.

The standout bikes in the sale come from the USA, the UK and Italy.

Harley-Davidson collectors will be drawn to the circa 1913 9B 575cc single-cylinder motorcycle presented in complete and unrestored condition ($22,000-$26,000), while a rare circa 1938 WLDR 750cc twin originally offered to enthusiasts for production racing and offered in good, restored condition, is expected to sell for $16,000-$20,000.

Other significant Harleys of the six in the auction are a circa 1918 18S 500cc motorcycle with rare wickerwork sidecar – both presented in excellent condition – that is expected to sell in the $20,000-$25,000 range.

Classic motorcycle
1958 85cc MV Agusta

A circa 1920 model 20T 1000cc solo in complete, unrestored condition has a guiding range of $10,000-$15,000, while two early 1920s twins – a circa 1922 584cc model WJ and a circa 1924 model JE 1000cc – are each expected to bring $7,000-$10,000.

The standout examples of the five British bikes in the auction are a beautiful and fully-restored circa 1956 Ariel Square Four Mk II 1000cc solo ($30,000-$35,000) and an equally desirable circa 1958 BSA DB32 Gold Star 350cc Tourer, also painstakingly restored ($20,000-$25,000).

British bike enthusiasts will also be keen to acquire the classic circa 1955 500cc Norton Dominator Model 7 from the same great 1950s era, which is being offered with ‘No Reserve’ and is expected to bring $8,000-$10,000.

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1958 BSA Gold Star

The other no reserve Brits are two classic 650cc BSAs, a circa 1956 A10 Gold Flash and a 1969 model A65 Thunderbolt (both $12,000-$15,000).

Five charismatic and rare-to-find small capacity Italian sporting bikes from a large Sydney collection are also being offered with ‘No Reserve’.

The two Moto Morinis – a circa 1968 100cc ($3,000-$5,000) and a circa 1965 250cc ($6,000-$8,000) – a circa 1958 Moto Guzzi Cardelino 85cc ($3,000-$5,000), a circa 1972 Gilera 150cc ($4,000-$6,000) and a circa 1961 Mondial 125cc ($6,000-$8,000), are all expected to attract International interest from collectors.

Other interesting classic bikes in the auction are a circa 1956 (German) Maico Blizzard ($6,000-$8,000), while classic racing enthusiasts will be drawn to the circa 1973 (Japanese) Yamaha TR3/TZ350 Production Racer ($8,000-$12,000).

To register for Shannons Online Bidding visit and follow the current auction links.