Occurring a little later than the original date of August Webbs managed to muster up 60 machines for sale. Out of this there were 14 pre 1945 girder fork motorcycles ranging from a unrestored but reasonably complete 1917 Harley Davidson to the two 1942 750cc Harley Davidsons. I have also included the details of the 1947 Indian Chief as it is a machine relatively unchanged from the 1930s and does have a girder style fork arrangement. As can be seen only 4 auction lots sold outright, with the other lots closing as ‘conditional’. This means that the reserve was not met, so there will be some ongoing negotiating by Webbs between the seller and top bidder to secure a sale. I don’t know how many motorcycles sold unconditional (reserve met) on the night but keep an eye on Webbs site as they will no doubt update it as to the success of the evening.
This is what did happen –
Being busy I was unable to attend the auction (Mrs McSenior said I was just plain lazy) and so must thank Jill for passing on the results. My favourite would have to be Lot 12 the 1938 Triumph Tiger 80 restored by Hugh Anderson. The chrome petrol tank and upswept exhaust really set this machine off and any rider would be proud to have this bike. My second choice would be either of the Scotts, english 2 strokes and being able to blind followers with a wall of oily smoke is most appealing especially if the vehicle is a stinky old Japanese diesel.
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