New Zealand motorcycle auction could start a second Gold Rush
A New Zealand motorcycle auction this weekend is worthy of the attention of motorcycle collectors worldwide. A number of important motorcycles are effectively being heavily discounted because of the current NZ$-US$ exchange rate, meaning there are almost certainly some once-in-a-lifetime bargains to be had for collectors. Included in the sale are six Bultaco road racing machines including the bike used by Ginger Malloy to finish second in the 1970 World 500cc Championships (estimated US$47,500 to $54,000), a 1950 Vincent Black Shadow ($57,000 to $70,000), a 1974 Ducati 750 Sport ($45,000 to $55,000), a 1975 MV Agusta 750S ($57,000 to $63,000), a 1959 Manx Norton 500 ($38,000 to 50,000), a 1971 Norton Commando 750 Production Racer ($22,000 to $28,000), a 1979 Ducati 900SS NCR F1 ($54,000 - $70,000), a 1974 Benelli 750 SEI ($11,500 to $16,000), a 1978 Harley Davidson XLCR 1000 ($11,000 to $17,000) and a 1969 Honda CB750 with sandcast cases ($17,000 to $22,000).
The auction catalog from Webb's Classic Motorbikes Auction to be held Sunday September 27, 2015 is available online and American readers should note that New Zealand is close to the international dateline, and hence the auction's 11am Auckland start time occurs at 4pm Saturday in Los Angeles and 7pm Saturday in New York.
We've picked the eyes out of the auction offerings and they are as follows:
1940 MSS Velocette 495
Estimate: NZD$13,000 to $18,000 (US$8250 - $11,500)
1976 BMW R90S
Estimate: NZD$12,000 to $18,000 ($7,500 to $11,500)
The BMW R90S was BMW's first attempt to change its brand image and although its specifications aren't all that impressive for the period, it excelled in production racing due to its reliability, gentle tire wear, low fuel consumption and fantastic handling. A genuine classic from the day it was released, this is another investment vehicle you can enjoy.
2004 Deus Grievous Angel 400
Estimate: NZD$16,000 to $20,000 ($10,000 to $12,500)
One of the earliest Deus Ex Machina bikes ever produced, the Yamaha-single-based "Grievous Angel" is a reinterpretation of the "bobber" style This example has been primarily on indoor display and has only 886 km on the odometer, though it is in great running order. Get this at anywhere near its estimate and you've got a "steal."
1978 Harley Davidson XLCR 1000
Estimate: NZD$18,000 to $27,000 (US$11,500 - $17,000)
Willie G Davidson’s café racer XLCR was only built in limited quantities for three years (1977-79) for a total of 3133 units produced and as such they've become much sought after by American collectors and are fetching excellent prices at auction. This one has only 15 miles on the clock, so expect it to go much higher than the estimate.
1969 Honda CB 750 "Sandcast"
Estimate: NZD$27,000 to $35,000 (US$17,000 to US$22,000)
1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport 750
Estimate: NZD$20,000 to $28,000 (US$13,000 - $18,000)
The Moto Guzzi V7 was the company's first café racer, and provided the DNA for future sporting models including the Le Mans. In essence, this was the bike that established Moto Guzzi as a manufacturer of ultra-reliable superbikes. With 70bhp it was described in 1972 by the editor of Motorcycle Mechanics as "a BMW with a little bit extra’ and ‘the most expensive Superbike in Britain." Around 4,000 of this fine machine were built, this one is in running condition and has keys. Another investment that will pay handsome dividends in the medium term.
1974 Benelli 750 Sei
Estimate: NZD$18,000 to $25,000 (US$11,000 to $16,000)
1979 Ducati 900SS NCR F1
Estimate: NZD$85,000 to 110,000 (US$54,000 to $70,000)
1971 Norton Commando 750 Production Racer
Estimate: NZD$35,000 to 45,000 (US$22,000 to $28,000)
1959 Manx Norton 500 Racer
Estimate: NZD$60,000 to 80,000 (US$38,000 to $50,000)
1975 MV Agusta 750S
Estimate: NZD$90,000 to 100,000 (US$57,000 - $63,000)
1974 Ducati 750 Sport
Estimate: NZD$70,000 to 85,000 (US$44,000 to $54,000)
The poor cousin of the Ducati 750 Super Sport is now becoming a highly sought-after collector motorcycle.
1950 Vincent Black Shadow
Estimate: NZD$90,000 - 110,000 (US$57,000 to $70,000)
1971 BSA B50 MX 500
Estimate: NZD$8,000 to 12,000 (US$5,000 to $7,500)
The last model of BSA’s 500cc motocross bikes, the B50MX was based on the successful B44 Victor but with a full 500c engine.
1965 Rickman Triumph Metisse Street Scrambler
Estimate: NZD$12,000 to 16,000 (US$7500 to $10,000)
Rickman was famous for its frames, with its Metisse frames in particular regularly besting the official "works" bikes. In 1964 it entered into an agreement with Bultaco which saw the Spanish company supply two-stroke engines for Rickman to install in their own frames for U.K. sale, with Rickman allowing Bultaco to build licensed versions of the frames. This bike is one of the rare 1965 Spanish Metisse models, originally powered by a 250cc Bultaco single, but expertly retrofitted with a 500cc Triumph twin.
1967 BSA B44 Victor GP Moto-Crosser
Estimate: NZD$16,000 to 25,000 (US$9500 to $16,000)
One of three bikes built from parts that remained when the BSA factory race shop shut down and hence a close relative of the bikes which won the 500cc World Moto-Cross Championship for BSA in 1964 and 1965.
1968 British ISDT Team Cheney-Triumph 500
Estimate: NZD$14,000 to 19,000 (US$9000 to $12,000)
One of the dealer-sponsored ISDT Cheney-Triumphs used by the British Trophy Team at the 1968 International Six Days Trial (ISDT).
1969 Bultaco TSS 360
Estimate: NZD$75,000 to $85,000 (US$47,500 - $54,000)
Ridden by Ginger Molloy in the initial races of the 1970 World 500cc Road Racing Championship before Molloy secured a Kawasaki H1R three-cylinder two-stroke. Ultimately, Molloy finished second to Giacomo Agostini in the 1970 World Championship 500cc class with 62 points. An FIM medal will go with this bike.
1968 Bultaco TSS 250 6 speed production racer
Estimate: NZD$30,000 to $40,000 (US$19,000 to $25,000)
Purchased from a New Zealander who brought the bike back from Australia in pieces, it has been completely stripped down and rebuilt with anything requiring rectifying being done. Frame painted and alloy polished, the bike was started and tested. Please note, there is a fairing which will come with this bike.
1968 Bultaco 125 6 speed works racer
Estimate: NZD$60,000 to $70,000 (US$38,000 to $44,000)
Across 20 races in period, this bike finished no lower than eighth and placed third in the 1968 World Championship 125cc class in the hands of New Zealander Ginger Molloy. The bike is sold with Molloy's third place FIM medal.
1965 Bultaco TSS 250 Ramon Torras works racer
Estimate: NZD$50,000 to $60,000 (US$32,000 to $38,000)
The Bultaco factory machine campaigned by Ramon Torras in 1965, this bike was sold by Senor Bulto himself to Barry Smith when Smith was a Derbi works rider. Barry then took the bike back to Australia with him, from where it was sold into New Zealand.
1962 Bultaco TSS 250 works racer
Estimate: NZD$60,000 to $70,000 (US$38,000 to $44,000)
With a great race history in 1963 /64, this bike was updated for competitive racing in the 1990's, and it's well and truly been to the doctor. The complete description is worth reading if you are seeking to go classic racing.
1965 Bultaco TSS 250 6 speed racer
Estimate: NZD$27,000 to $35,000 (US$17,000 - $22,000)
Taken to New Zealand from Europe in the mid 1960s its been completely rebuilt but hasn't been raced in more than 40 years, but it has been started and tested. Note the bike is pictured without a fairing but is sold with the fairing.