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Coys breaks pair of records in motorcycle auction


A stylish 1931 Indian four-cylinder motorcycle highlights Coys auction in Belmheim, UK | Coys
The classic four-cylinder 1931 Indian rang the bell with a $154,000 sale | Coys

Coys of Kensington celebrated its return to motorcycle auctions by breaking two world records Friday at Blenheim Palace in the United Kingdom, one for a brawny American classic and the other for a petite Italian road racer.

The 1931 Indian four-cylinder that served as the auction’s featured lot eclipsed previous records with a result of £90,000 ($154,000), which was well above the pre-auction estimate.

The 1953 Mondial 125 reached a strong $103,000 | Coys
The 1953 Mondial 125 reached a strong $103,000 | Coys

The other record-breaker was the sale of a 1953 Mondial 125 Monoabero, a lightweight 125cc single-cylinder competition bike in pristine condition, that reached £60,000 ($103,000), which also soared past the value estimate.

The Blenheim auction marked the return of Coys to motorcycle sales, with more than 90 sports and racing motorcycles including rare antiques and classic performance bikes, added to its annual collector-car sale, which happened Saturday.

“We are back in the international collector motorcycle market, setting two world records and selling motorcycles to all four corners of the world,” said Chris Routledge, managing partner at Coys.


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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