Entire Garelli GP collection for sale

Large collection of classic motorcycles, including ex-Merkel RC30

Posted: 30 November 2012
by Ben Cope

1963 Garelli 50cc Monza world-record-breaker ... tiny

TWO DOZEN Garelli Grand Prix motorcycles are coming up for auction in Paris.

The machines, currently owned by one man, have been kept in a private chapel and date back to pre-war but also include important motorcycles from Garelli's heyday in the 1980s.

Highlights include the 1963 Garelli 50cc Monza world-record-breaker (estimate £40,000 - £55,000); the ex-Eugenio Lazzarini 1983 50cc racer that helped Garelli to the manufacturers’ World Championship that year (estimate £10,000 - £15,000); and a 1987 example of the 125cc twin that won six riders’ World Championships and four manufacturers’ titles during the 1980s (estimate £5,000 - £8,000).

Also forming part of the collection are two important non-Garelli racing motorcycles: the ex-Fred Merkel Honda RC30 ridden by the American World Superbike champion during the 1989/90 season (estimate £15,000 - £23,000), and the 1989 Yamaha TZ250W used by French star Jean-François Baldé during his final season of Grand Prix racing (estimate £2,500 - £3,500).


The Bonhams auction takes places at the Grand Palais in Paris in 6-7th of Feb 2013.


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Why does it seem that collectors bikes are so much cheaper than their four wheel counterparts. There are million dollar (pound whatever) cars sold at auction all the time. What would be the equivalent for motorcycles? Why does motorcycle history seem to be a bargain?

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 00:40

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