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Coys returns to motorcycle sales at British auction


A stylish 1931 Indian four-cylinder motorcycle highlights Coys auction in Belmheim, UK | Coys
A stylish 1931 Indian four-cylinder motorcycle highlights the Coys auction in Belmheim, UK | Coys

Coys is adding more than 90 sports and racing motorcycles, including rare antiques and classic performance bikes, to its annual collector-car auction July 11-12 at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, UK.

The Blenheim auction marks a return of motorcycle sales for Coys, with the bike sale Friday followed by Coys’ customary classic car auction Saturday.

An impressive and diverse collection of bikes from England, Europe, Japan and the United States is being offered.

The 1952 Vincent Rapide is a highly desirable sport bike |Coys
The 1952 Vincent Rapide is a highly desirable sport bike |Coys

“Coys are delighted to be back in the collector motorcycle market once again with this extensive catalogue,” said Anthony Godin, senior motorcycle specialist for the London auction house. “This marks the rejuvenation of Coys involvement in classic motorcycle auctions.”

Classic motorcycle sales and values have been strengthening in recent years, in line with classic car sales, as more enthusiasts add beautiful bikes to their car collections. The cost is still relatively low and motorcycles are easier to put on display without taking up too much space.

Among the most interesting motorcycles at auction is an American classic, a 1931 Indian four cylinder, estimated at £62,000 to £70,000 ($106,000 to $120,000). Another four-cylinder American beauty is a 1920 Henderson 1300 coupled with an attractive sidecar built in the Ferrari workshops in the 1920s. Value for this rare preserved Henderson is £55,000 to £70,000 ($94,000 to $120,000).

The 1974 Ducati 750 SS is an extremely rare ’70s superbike | Coys
The 1974 Ducati 750 SS, an extremely rare ’70s superbike | Coys

An ultra-rare Italian performance bike, a 1974 Ducati 750 SS in what Coys calls “perfect original condition” from a prominent Italian collection, has an estimated value of £28,000 to £34,000 ($48,000 to $58,000). A 1980 Harley-Davidson XR750 flat-track racer is valued at £25,000 to £30,000 ($43,000 to $51,000).

The auction collection includes some strong British entries, such as a fully restored 1952 Vincent Rapide Series C, estimated at £45,000 to £50,000 ($77,000 to $86,000).

The Coys auction also offers a number of more-affordable classic motorcycles for sale, including sporty Triumphs and BSAs from the UK, Japanese classics and small-displacement bikes from Italy and Spain.

For more information about the Blenheim auction and to view the catalog of motorcycles and cars for sale, see www.coys.co.uk.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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