Four vintage motorcycles with sidecars going from barn to auction

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Here's the view that greeted xx when he opened the barn doors | Coys photos
Here’s the view that greeted Mark Bryan when he opened the barn doors | H&H Classics photos

So some 20 years ago, someone put four vintage motorcycles with sidecars into a British barn. The plan was that someday they would be displayed at a new museum.

But the museum wasn’t built and the bikes were forgotten and left to collect dust until recently, when Mark Bryan opened a set of creaking barn doors and rediscovered the motorcycles.

1932 G12 was used by Bath City police in England | H&H Classics photos
1932 G12 was used by Bath City police in England

“Sometimes you just get lucky,” said Bryan, of the H&H Classics motorcycle department.

Now, instead of going to a museum, the bikes will be offered for sale at H&H’s auction Donington Park Auction, scheduled for November 16 in Derbyshire, England, where motorcycles and collector cars will cross the block and automobilia will be offered up for bidding.

“It would have been a very happy result to find one of these marvelous old combos in the barn,” Bryan said, “to find four was amazing. I could barely believe it at first.”

What Bryan found in the barn were:

  • A 1924 AJS Model D combo.
  • A 1932 BSZ G12 combo formerly used by the Bath City police department and still bearing its name.
  • A 1930 BSA Soper combo.
  • A 1925 Quadrant combo.

    1930 BSA Soper
    1930 BSA Soper

 

Pre-sale estimates for the bikes range from a low of £7,000 ($8,560) to a high of £18,000 ($22,000) for the ’32 BSA G12 or the ’30 BSA Sloper.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.