A collection of nine classic Harleys and two other rare bikes is up for auction on July 21 with no reserve.
The Shannons Sydney Custom & Collectable Auction of more than 40 motorcycles
includes a collection of nine Harleys built up over 40 years by a Sydney enthusiast who travelled to museums around the world.
His aim was to have a Harley of each kind and type from the earliest models, up to and including Shovelheads.
A highlight is a 1929 F Model 1000cc solo, the last of the twin magneto models. Despite being the result of an older restoration, has not been started for some time and requires some recommissioning before use, it is expected to sell between $16,000 and $19,000.
Another important Harley going under the hammer at MotorEx is a 1927 27B 350cc Peashooter that has seen very little use since its restoration many years ago.
As these early overhead valve Harleys are rarer than their side valve brothers, they are now highly sought after by collectors throughout the world. Shannons expects the bike to bring $14,000-$18,000.
There is also a stylish 1967 Aermacchi Ala Verde 250cc Café Racer which is not branded Harley, but was built in Italy after Harley-Davidson took a 50 per cent stake in the company in the early 1960s.
It is in good condition with 1828 miles on the odo and all original parts with matching frame and engine numbers. It is expected to sell for $6000 to $9000.
There is also a rare 1963 Harley-Davidson ‘Topper’ – the only scooter the company ever produced. It is expected to sell with no reserve in the $5000-$8000 range.
None of the bikes has been run for approximately 10 years, so each will need some form of recommissioning.
Also offered with no reserve is a circa 1986 Autocycle – Motobecane 3800 Velosolex 49cc Autocycle in good, original running condition that is expected to sell in the $2,500-$3,500 range and a South African-delivered 1967 BMW R50 with a full engine rebuild, stainless steel wheel rims, new tyres, saddle and silencers. It is expected to bring $8,000-$12,000.