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Basket Cases to Concours Motorbikes

    The Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage motorbikes has a great selection of bikes going under the hammer with estimates from £200 up to £55,000.

    “There are bikes in all shapes and sizes and conditions.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “As usual, there is a good selection of British bikes with a smattering of German, Japanese and other manufactures.”

    The star of the auction is a 1949 Vincent Black Shadow. Coming to auction in a beautifully restored state this iconic 1,000cc motorbike is estimated to sell for £50,000-55,000.

    Also restored, at a cost of over £11,000, is a 1980 BMW R80-7. Not having been taken to the road after its full restoration, this German engineered bike is estimated at £4,000-6,000.

    Another restored motorbike is a 1972 Norton Commando 750. With low ownership over the past 47 years, many of which is spent as a pile of bits in a garage, this recently restored British bike is estimated at £9,000-11,000.

    However, for those classic motorbike enthusiasts looking for a project, Charterhouse have several to tempt them. Here, a 1955 BSA C10L, barn stored for over 40 years, is estimated at £800-1,200 and from the same owner there is a 1958 Velocette LE for £200-400.

    Charterhouse are now accepting further entries into this specialist auction of classic & vintage motorcycles on Sunday 3rd February closely followed by classic & vintage cars on Sunday 10th February which are both being held at The Royal Bath & West Showgrounds Shepton Mallet. Viewing for both sales is on Saturday, the day before the sale,or you can see all the lots on

    To enter motorcycles or cars into these specialist auctions, contact Matthew Whitney and the team of experts at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email to arrange a home visit.

    1949 Vincent Black Shadow £50,000-55,000
    1980 BMW R80-7 £4,000-6,000
    1972 Norton Commando £9,000-11,000
    1955 BSA C10L £800-1,200
    1958 Velocette LE £200-400