Motorcycle auction sets record for H&H

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1947 HRD Rapide Series B goes for nearly $53,000 | H&H Classics photos

For the first time in its history, H&H Classics Summer Sale at Britain’s National Motorcycle Museum topped the £1 million plateau with total sales of £1.2 million  ($1.57 million), the company reported Friday.

The event drew more than 1,000 people, 550 bidders and 290 motorcycles. Those motorcycles reached a sell-through rate of 81 percent.

1955 Vincent Black Knight and sidecar

“We were delighted to be able to offer the best of British with five magnificent Vincents on offer as well as a vast range of collectable classic motorcycles,” Mark Bryan, head of the company’s motorcycle sales department, was quoted in the post-auction news release. 

“This was a ‘must do’ sale if you are currently bike-hunting or simply wanted to have a great day out to look at the sheer breadth and depth of what is on offer at this landmark for H&H sale.”

The five Vincents to which Bryan referred were from the 1947-1955 era. A 1955 Black Knight Series D with sidecar sold for £51,750 ($67,798), a 1947 HRD Rapide Series B sold for £40,250 (nearly $53,000), 1949 Rapide Series C brought £39,100 ($51,225), a 1951 Comet Series C went for £25,300 ($33,145), and a 1951 Comet Series C went to a new owner for £15,525 (more than $20,300).

1951 Comet Series C

H&H Classics has another auction scheduled at the museum on November 2.

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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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