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Vincents Call The Tune At H&H’s Inaugural Duxford

By: Tasha Crook | Published 17 October 2007, 13:36 | Views: 769 | tags: auctions, h and h, vincent rapide, vincent comet, bsa goldstar clubman, indian powerplus, duxford imperial war museum, duxford
People like ‘barn finds’. They stir the imagination and, more importantly, frequently present collectors with a prime restoration project – a machine that has stood untouched for years, stands a good chance of being especially original. Such was the 1954 Vincent Series C V-twin Rapide in H&H’s inaugural Duxford Imperial War Museum motorcycle and bicycle sale of October 10. Though apparently only lacking the dynamo drive cover, it nevertheless was in need of a total restoration, yet was so stunningly original and unmolested that it made £18,700!
Also on offer was a 1952 Vincent Rapide rolling chassis and this too attracted considerable interest, eventually changing hands for £8,250. The complete and very pretty single-cylinder 1950 Vincent Comet was on the money at £8,800 – further proof, if proof were needed, that buyers generally want either good restoration projects or nicely restored/maintained examples. Anything in between is likely to be harder to sell these days. That said, there is always demand for something rare and special and the 2006 Godet-Vincent Black Shadow made £23,650.

More apparent confirmation of a trend, was the excellent £14,575 achieved for the beautifully turned out 1963 BSA Goldstar Clubman – these much admired British classics are on the up. The prize for the sale’s most eye-catching entry went to the 1917 Indian Powerplus. Nicely presented in Indian’s traditional bright red with gold lining, it found a new home for £18,700.

The highest price paid at this sale was for the 2005 Bimota Tesi 2D – in as new condition, it changed hands for £25,300. Far more affordable, but great results in their own way were: the ‘barn (or shed to be precise!) find’ 1921 Calthorpe, and the very tidy 1939 Scott Autocycle that made £2,530.

Going in cycles

H&H are gaining quite a reputation for their bicycle sales and their specialist Paul Adams put together a tremendous selection of machines for this auction. Topping the results at £3,080, was an 1890 Guest & Barrow Solid Tyre Safety from a museum collection. The beautifully aged 1870 Velocipede ‘Boneshaker’ made £1,100 and the ‘No Reserve’ c.1895 Singer Superb Roadster fetched £550.

The next H&H sale of motorcycles, bicycles, registrations and automobilia will take place in Buxton on November 20/21. Further information on all H&H sales is available at
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