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Top ten bikes of the H&H March sale

There are over 100 lots in the sale at the National Motorcycle Museum next month, here’s our pick of the best ten.

BROWSING the online auction catalogue of a company like H&H is like spending the Euro Millions win you haven’t had yet. We already reported on Bud Ekins’ bike that’s in the sale on March 2nd – Here is the pick of the rest.

10. 1960 Velocette Venom | £6,000 - £7,000

The Venom is the slightly less sought-after sibling of the Thruxton and was produced between 1955 and 1970. At the heart of it is a 499cc single, overhead valve, air-cooled engine that helped to power the machine to a 24-hour record, averaging a speed of 100.05mph. This bike has been sympathetically restored to ‘Clubman Spec’, which includes the addition of drop handlebars.

View the listing here.

9. 1951 Vincent Rapide | £35,000 - £38,000

No classic bike auction is complete without a Vincent of some sort, and the H&H sale is no different with the addition of this stunning-looking Vincent Rapide.

The thumping, 998cc V-twin in the Rapide is an engine that went on to power the daddy of all classic bikes, the Black Shadow.

This machine has been updated with some sensible, period and modern upgrades, including, Black Shadow speedo, type 29 brass carbs, ribbed brake drums, lightning brake plates and 12-volt electrics with coil ignition.

View the listing here.

8. 1930 Brough Superior SS100 | £160,000 - £200,000

There are few bikes that roll across an auction block that bring such high premiums as the iconic Brough Superior SS100. Even rusty relics, good for nothing other than a log book and frame and engine numbers have changed hands for as much as a small semi in Kettering.

This example has been partly restored and seems to have all the parts present to the complete a tidy restoration. The bike has already been shown to a member of the Brough Club who has declared it complete and correct. Good to know if the bike needs re-registering with DVLA.

View the listing here.

7. 1978 Bultaco Sherpa T250 | £1,200 - £1,800

Classic twin-shock trails is making a bit of a resurgence at the moment, with clubs for the older generation of off-road machines cropping up across the country. The lower costs, occasionally less advanced routes and bustling social scene make it a good route into trials competition.

This Bultaco wouldn’t be a bad place to start as it’s lightweight, easy to maintain and above all cheap at a shade under £2k. it’s also road registered so if you can get a DT-MOT and fancy a slow ride out with your pals, you can!

View the listing here.

6. 1993 Ducati Supermono | £70,000 - £80,000

Dripping in carbon and once owned by motorcycle journalist royalty, Alan Cathcart, this bike is number 24 of 67 made and is claimed to be the only one that can be used on the road.

The Supermono was a technological wonder when produced, featuring a dummy conrod that was used to balance the action of the 550cc single. The rarely seen machines were built between 1993 and 95, it's easy to see why the bike has become so collectible

View the listing here.

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