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Bonhams to auction 74-bike collection at Devitt MCN Ally Pally Bike Show

Published: 15 August 2018

DEVITT ALLY PALLY SHOW

Raid the piggy bank! 74 top-drawer classics, including rare CB750s and six MVs go under the hammer at the Devitt MCN Ally Pally Bike Show and Supersprint this September.

One of the finest bike collections in the UK will go up for sale next month as premier auction house Bonhams get set to sell 74 rare and fascinating machines at the Devitt Ally Pally Show and Supersprint. All from a single collector, the list of bikes on offer is simply gob smacking.

One of the rarest and most interesting machines in the sale is a 1969 Honda CB750. This early model is one of only around 1000 CB750s fitted with gravity cast crankcases (sometimes incorrectly referred to as sandcast).

These machines were mostly hand-built in California, as Honda wanted to test the market for the first superbike. Meticulously restored and showing 11,299 recorded miles, the auction guide price is betwen £20,000 and £30,000.

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Two more Japanese machines sure to capture the attention of collectors are a 1972 Kawasaki Z1 and a 1977 Yamaha RD400. The Kawasaki is one of a pair of Z1s in the sale, with just 317 miles since restoration and in superb condition.

Matching Zeds

Incredibly, the other Z1 in the auction is the machine that rolled off the production line behind the other in 1972, with the bikes' frame numbers showing 00212 and 00213. Both Z1s have guide prices of around £12,000 to £18,000 each.

The Yamaha RD400 has been lightly restored and is a 1977 model in original trim, complete with the much-loved speedblock paint scheme. Importantly, there are matching frame and engine numbers and a tempting guide price of £3800 to £4800.

If you prefer your bikes unrestored and showing some age, a very original US-spec 1966 Triumph T120R could be your bag. Prior to the current owner, the bike had been in the same family from new and is showing a remarkably low 6236 miles on the clock.

Even the seat vinyl appears to be original and the whole bike has a wonderfully subtle patina. The auction guide price is between £10,000 and £15,000.  

Plenty of Italian machinery

Lovers of Italian exotica aren’t left out of the Bonhams auction either, with no less than six MV Agustas up for grabs, plus a stunning 1975 Laverda SFC Electronica and a sublime 1976 Ducati 900SS.

The Laverda SFC is the later disc brake model, it comes with an ASI certificate of authenticity and an estimate sale price of £24,000 to £38,000.

The Ducati 900SS is showing just 2485 recorded miles and the excellent condition certainly reflects that. Arguably one of the most beautiful machines ever built, the 900SS has a guide price of £25,000 to £35,000.

More bikes to be announced

The above is just a taste of this incredible auction and we’ll be revealing more machines in the weeks leading up to the event.

The Bonhams auction takes place on Sunday September 23 at the Devitt MCN Ally Pally Show and Supersprint with viewing on Saturday September 22. Entry to the auction is by catalogue purchase only, catalogues cost £20 and admit two people into the auction area.

See the world’s only indoor Supersprint at Ally Pally

  • Watch Carl Fogarty, John McGuinness, Dougie Lampkin, Chris Walker and Jamie Whitham battle it out down the Supersprint in a totally new live action show.
  • See and hear MotoGP and BSB bikes as they tear down the Supersprint course.
  • Grab a bargain in the huge retail area.
  • See Allen Millyard’s Live workshops and hear how the mechanical genius builds his creations.

The Devitt MCN Ally Pally Bike Show and Supersprint, Alexandra Palace, September 22-23. Visit: www.mcnallypallyshow.co.uk