John Lennon’s mini-cycle headed to auction

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John Lennon mini-cycle headed to auction | ClassicCars.com Journal
John Lennon’s son, Julian, joins his dad for a ride around the Tittenhurst Park estate on the Monkey-Trail bike | H&H Classics photo

H&H Classics celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018 and has announced a 9-auction calendar that begins March 4 with a sale at Britain’s National Motorcycle Museum, where the featured vehicles include John Lennon’s Monkey/Trail bike.

Lennon used the bike, a Honda Z50A, to get around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Surrey, where he resided from 1969-71, according to H&H Classics.

The bike — then and now

“Naturally we are thrilled to be entrusted with the marketing and sale of this bike, given its extraordinary provenance,” Mark Bryan, head of sales for H&H Classics motorcycle department, is quoted in a news release.

According to H&H, Henry Graham, owner of Motor Cycle City in Farnborough Hampshire, bought the bike from the Beatles star and subsequently sold it to John Harington, who is selling the machine after 42 years of ownership.

The Z50A rides on 8-inch wheels with low-pressure tires for off-pavement travel and has a 49cc four-stroke engine that produced 1.95 horsepower at 5,000 rpm.

H&H expects the bike to sell for more than £30,000 ($40,500).

H&H Classics was founded in 1993 by Simon Hope and Mark Hamilton.

Other locations on the 2018 H&H Classics auction schedule are:

March 21 — Imperial War Museum, Duxford
April 25 — The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton
June 5 — RAC Woodcote Park, Surrey
July 18 — The Pavilion Gardens
July 26 — The National Motorcycle Museum
October 17 — Imperial War Museum
November 2 — National Motorcycle Museum
November 28 — The Pavilion Gardens

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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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