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Norton Commando trio up for auction

A fastidiously restored trio Norton Commando bikes is among a dozen restored classics on offer at the Shannons Winter Timed Online Auction from 19-26 August 2020.

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Norton trio

The jewel of the trio, all restored to an exceptional standard by noted Sydney Norton specialist, Paul Hibbard, is a rare and desirable 1974 Commando ‘John Player’ 850 (pictured top of page).

This single year ‘tribute’ bike, with its 828cc air-cooled OHV parallel twin engine, is a rare sight in Australia, as the majority of the estimated 200 built was delivered to the USA. Because of the quality of its restoration and its rarity, this visual replica of the factory’s racing bike of the era is expected to fetch $24,000 – $28,000 on August 26.

Norton Commando trio up for auction
Norton 750 Commando

Another stunning Norton Commando is a 1971 Commando 750cc that has had in excess of $20,000 worth of new or old stock parts sourced from the UK used for its restoration. The Norton has covered just 150 miles (240km) since it was completed and because of its significance as one of Norton’s hallowed Commando sports bikes and its peerless condition, it is expected to sell in the $20,000-$25,000 range.

Norton Commando trio up for auction
Norton Fastback

Similarly desirable for Norton enthusiasts is a 1968 Norton Commando Fastback 750 restored to a similarly-high standard that has covered just 12 miles (19km) since its completion. It is expected to bring $15,000-$18,000.

Other highlights

Norton Commando trio up for auction
Yamaha OWO1

Another factory racing replica is a 1989 Yamaha FZR750R-R ‘OW01’, one of only 500 built.

Although it was a street-legal machine, the OW01 had a spec sheet that was all about racing. It is expected to sell for $15,000 – $20,000.

Norton Commando trio up for auction
Ducati 900

Two beautifully restored Ducatis from 1969 and 1985 will tease Italian motorcycle fans: a 1969 250 Mk3 ($18,000 – $22,000) and a 1985 Ducati 900 S2 ($15,000 – $18,000).

From the late 1920s and early 1930s come three standout British bikes with no reserve:

  • A rare 1935 Panther Model 100 ‘Redwing’ 600cc;
  • 1930 Sunbeam Model 9 500cc (both $20,000 – $23,000); and
  • 1929 BSA S-29 500cc ‘Sloper’ motorcycle ($17,000 – $20,000).
    1929 BSA

There is also an extremely rare 1912 Peerless 500cc built by A G Healing & Co. Pty Ltd of Melbourne, Australia’s largest motorcycle manufacturer at the time.


It is understood to be one of only four or five left in existence. The bike is powered by a 3½hp Fafnir 500cc side-valve engine.

This bike has competed in various Veteran Motorcycle Rallies and is eligible for the forthcoming National Veteran Motorcycle Rally on 17-22 October, 2021 in Manjimup, WA. It is expected to sell for $15,000 – $20,000.

A Sydney motorcycle enthusiast and V&HMCC member is also offering a 1958 Ariel VH Red Hunter 500cc ($14,000 – $18,000) and a rare Austrian 1954 Puch SGS 250cc ‘Super Sports’ offered with ‘no reserve’ and expected to fetch $7,000 – $10,000.

Showroom opening hours

The Sydney Auction showroom has re-opened under reduced hours of 10am-4pm, Monday – Friday.

The Melbourne Auction showroom is closed due to Stage 3 restrictions.

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Early motorcycle number plate sets record

One of the earliest motorcycle number plates to come to public auction, ‘4’, has sold at auction for $150,000, setting a Victorian record.

The plates sold at the weekend Shannons Motorclassica plate auction and was only tipped to fetch up to $80,000.

There are two because motorcycles used to have a front number plate as well. Some safety Nazis and cops still think they should make a comeback so riders can be detected by front-facing speed cameras.

It was the only motorcycle plate in the auction which fetched $2.4m, including an auction record $181,000 for a “Q1” car plate.

The “4” motorcycle number plate is not the most expensive in Australia. It is believed the 80-year-old NSW “1” plate may have sold for close to $1 million.

That plate was originally owned by Bennett and Wood in 1918. It was bought by Honda’s General Manager in 1935 and spent time on an MV Agusta in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Personalised motorcycle number plates are big business, but they are not as valuable as car plates.

The Australian record for the most expensive car number plate was set in 2017 at the Shannons Sydney Autumn Auction where “NSW 29” fetched $745,000, beating the previous 2003 record of $689,000 for “NSW 2”.

World record

But that is nothing compared with world record prices.

The world’s most expensive plate is believed to be “25 O” which is on a Ferrari 250 SWB enviously owned by guitar god Eric Clapton.

The plate is now owned by Ferrari deal principal John Collins who paid £518,480 in 2014 and fitted it to his Ferrari 250 SWB.

Number Plate
Veyron with F1 plate

However, that could be eclipsed by British car mod businessman Afzal Kahn who is asking more than £12m for his “F1” plate which is on his Bugatti Veyron.

He has previously turned down an offer of £6 million.

He bought the plate for £440,000 in 2008, setting a UK record.

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Ride away on classic motorcycles

If you are looking for some affordable, restored classics you can ride away, there are seven on the block at the upcoming Shannons Sydney Winter Auction on August 26 – most with ‘no reserve’.

The highlight for British motorcycle enthusiasts is a 1970 650cc Triumph Bonneville T120R (photo above), presented in restored condition and expected to sell in the $12,000-$16,000 range.

There are also two classic ‘intra-War’ BSA twin cylinder 500cc solos: ­a restored 1941 BSA WM20 and an unrestored, but complete 1946 M20. Each is expected to sell with ‘no reserve’ in the $7000-$10,000 range.

If you are looking for some affordable, restored classics you can ride away, there are seven on the block at the upcoming Shannons Sydney Winter Auction on August 26 – most with ‘no reserve’.
Unrestored 1943 BSA M20

As an alternative for British classic motorcycle enthusiasts, there is a single-cylinder, 125cc 1948 Royal Enfield ‘Flying Flea’ motorcycle. Presented in useable condition and offered with ‘no reserve’, it is expected to sell in the $4000-$6000 range.

If you are looking for some affordable, restored classics you can ride away, there are seven on the block at the upcoming Shannons Sydney Winter Auction on August 26 – most with ‘no reserve’.
Royal Enfield Flying Flea

There are two great Japanese 1980s dirt bikes: a 1980 80cc Suzuki RM80T and a mighty 600cc 1983 Honda XL600R –  both fresh from similar ground-up restorations and neither being used since completion.

If you are looking for some affordable, restored classics you can ride away, there are seven on the block at the upcoming Shannons Sydney Winter Auction on August 26 – most with ‘no reserve’.
Honda XL600R

Each is offered with ‘no reserve’, with the Suzuki expected to sell for $2000-$3000 and the Honda for $3000-$6000.

Japanese collectors may be interested in an unrestored example of Yamahas first road model – the 650cc XS-1. 

This original classic is in good rideable condition and expected to sell with ‘no reserve’ in the $9000-$13,000 range.

To view all Shannons August 26 Sydney Winter Auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au

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Restored Triumph Bonnevilles up for auction

Eight Triumph Bonnevilles professionally restored by a Canberra enthusiast are coming up for auction at Shannons Late Autumn sale in Sydney on May 20.

The Bonnevilles are among 18 classic motorcycles in the 55 lot vehicle and memorabilia auction.

Two standout Triumphs on offer are a 1959 first year Pre-Unit Bonneville T120 650cc (pictured above) and a 1970 Bonneville T120R with just 1004 miles on its odometer since its ground-up restoration ($20,000-$24,000).

1970 Triumph T120R Triumph Bonnevilles
1970 Triumph T120R

Both motorcycles are in their correct colours.

The 1959 ‘Bonnie’ is understood to be just the 102nd T120 model built early that year.

It has covered just 605 miles since its restoration. Shannon’s says the guiding range for bids is likely to be $45,000-$48,000.

The 1970 T120R is important to collectors as the last Bonneville model built with its oil tank under the seat before Triumph adopted an oil-in-frame system.

Triumph BonnevillesTriumph Bonnevilles

Other Triumph Bonnevilles being auctioned in similar fully-restored condition include examples from 1963, 1964, 1969 and 1970, with guiding ranges spanning $18,000-$25,000.

Another earlier Triumph motorcycle in the auction is an older-restored circa-1926 Model P 500cc solo offered as part of a deceased estate.

It is expected to sell in the $8000-$10,000 range.

An alternative for veteran bike enthusiasts is a rare circa-1910 single-cylinder Speedwell early Australian motorcycle.

1910 single-cylinder Speedwell - Triumph Bonnevilles
1910 single-cylinder Speedwell

It would be ideal for a collector or museum and is expected to bring $18,000-$22,000.

Both are being offered with no reserve.

Other interesting motorcycles in the auction include two restored Suzuki RM80 motocross motorcycles from 1978 and 1981.

Suzuki RM80 - Triumph Bonnevilles
Suzuki RM80

Both are offered with no reserve and each is expected to sell for $2,000-$3,000.

Also expected to create strong interest among Ducati enthusiasts is a one-owner 2002 Limited Edition 748R from the model’s final year of production.

2002 Limited Edition Ducati 748R- Triumph Bonnevilles
2002 Limited Edition Ducati 748R

It is believed to be one of only 10 delivered to Australia in red. The bike is expected to sell with no reserve for $14,000-$18,000.

Other motorcycles offered with no reserve include:

  • A very original ex-military BSA WM21 equipped with pannier bags and other period accessories that would make a great club bike ($8,000-$10,000); and

    BSA WM21 - Triumph Bonnevilles
    BSA WM21

  • A circa-1936 ACME Autocycle that hasn’t been ridden for many years, but is in complete and original condition ($1500-$2000).

To view all Shannons May 20 Sydney Late Autumn Auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au

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