Webb’s Motorcycle Auction.

Date: Wednesday 25th November 2009

Time: 6.00pm

Place: Deus Ex Machina, 86-90 Wellesley St, Auckland (Corner Wellesley and Hobson Streets.)

Quite surprisingly Webbs Auctioneers have announced yet another auction of rare and collectible motorcycles from private collections around New Zealand so soon after the last one being held just 8 months ago.

There are 43 motorcycles on offer ranging from a 1904 Brown to a 1977 Harley Davidson XLCH Cafe Racer. From this there are 24 pre 1945 girder fork machines of which 8 are early flat tank Triumphs in beautifully restored condition. The histories of some of these motorcycles are interesting reading and my favourite would have to be that of Lot 23 – a 1922 Triumph that “once belonged to the Bank of New Zealand and was employed to ensure that the payroll for the Taringamotu saw mill arrived from Taumarunui in a safe and timely fashion”. Neat eh!

It is good to see these motorcycles reappearing after so many years of being hidden away and can only hope that a least a few of them will remain in New Zealand to be ridden on rallies (and that is what Barnstormers is here for).

The venue is different from Webbs normal premises in Newmarket and viewing is from 6.00pm Wednesday November 18th through to auction day of Wednesday the 25th November.

Visit Webbs online here for their Home Page information on the auction and for a link to the map of the auction site. The catalogue is now available online so click here to go straight to it.

Interest in Webbs two previous auctions has been high and was reflected in the prices paid for some of the motorcycles. Machines of interest sold with prices are –

1929 BSA Sloper ………………………$17,250

1928 Norton CS1 ……………………..$44,850

1931 AJS S3 ……………………………$63,250

1914 Triumph Tourist ………………$34,500

1915 Ariel V Twin …………………….$34,500

1938 Ariel Square Four …………….$43,700

1926 Harley Davidson & Sidecar. .$42,550

1914 Royal Ruby …………………….$31,000

(Prices include 15% Buyers Premium and GST on the BP).

Even if you don’t want to buy get along to Webbs and just have a look as seldom do you get an opportunity to see as many early motorcycles gathered together in one place.

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