Vincents set the pace as Summer Sale at British museum tops $1.5 million
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.
“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).
H&H Classics has another auction scheduled at the museum on November 2.