More than 80 collectable bikes up for grabs in April auction
Two collections of classic bikes, including machines as diverse as a 1949 Norton International, 1952 Sunbeam S7, 1978 Kawasaki KH250 triple and even a rare Morgan three-wheeler, are among the stars of an 80-strong line up of bikes being put up for auction next month.
A P&M Rob North Triumph, 1993 Suzuki RGV250 and Yamaha ‘Fizzy’ are also among the varied lots.
They’re all part of the Cheffins Vintage Sale which takes place in Cambridge on April 22-23. The two motorcycle collections are the 11-strong Iverley Collection, as amassed by a Norton enthusiast during the 1960s and 1970s – and the eight-strong Chichester-Miles Collection, of the late Chris Chichester-Miles.
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The Iverley Collection includes six classic Nortons including a 1949 490cc International Model 30 with an estimate of £15-£20,000, and a 1931 490cc Model 18 (£10-£12,000).
There’s also three pre-war ‘flat-tankers’: a 1918 550cc BSA; 1916 500cc Phelon & Moore and a 1910 225 Fabrique National. While the star is a rare 1923 Morgan-Darmont Sports Model 3-wheeler with an estimate of £25-£30,000.
The Chichester-Miles Collection, meanwhile, includes a 1978 Kawasaki KH250, 1949 499cc Sunbeam S8, 1969 349cc Ducati Street Scrambler and a 1952 499 Sunbeam S7 De-Luxe.
An additional 60 other motorcycles also feature in the sale, including a 250cc Sunbeam Model 16, a 350cc Levis Model A2 and the aforementioned Rob North Triumph, RGV250 and FS1-E.
“These two collections include important examples from both the pre and post-war periods and look set to cause a stir amongst the vintage motorcycle fraternity,” said Jeremy Curzon of Cheffins.
“The market for vintage motorcycles really started to fly during 2021. Currently machines from the 1970s and 1980s appear to have the buyers’ sharpest focus, whilst also pre-war bikes of quality. This looks to be an exciting sale, which will be led by these two significant collections.”