1951 Vincent Black Shadow tops auction at British motorcycle museum

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Vincent Black Shadow tops all sellers at British motorcycle museum auction | H&H Classics photos

The H&H Classics auction at England’s National Motorcycle Museum posted nearly $650,000 in sales this past weekend with a 1951 Vincent Black Shadow selling for £85,125 ($110,303).

The bike, originally delivered in Sweden and restored by Scandinavian Vincent expert Severt Bomberg, had won the best in show honors at the 2005 Vincent rally. It was estimated to sell for £75,000 to 80,000 ($90,000 to $103,660).

Many vehicles topped their pre-sale estimates, including a Harley-Davidson Sportster that tripled its pre-sale expectations when it sold for more than $9,900.

1975 Jaguar sells for 4X its pre-sale estimated value

Also on the docket were some classic cars. Of them, a 1975 Jaguar XJS brought a round of applause when it sold for £40,000 (more than $51,000), four times its pre-sale estimate.

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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.

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