Bidding frenzy over classic motorcycle collection

By Daniel Sharp, 6 October 2012
Bargains galore at Lincs auction
Bargains galore at Lincs auction

Classic motorcycles including a BSA Bantam D1 and Ariel Red Hunter dramatically exceeded their sales estimates at an auction held near Lincoln...

The machines were part of a collection amassed by lecturer and mechanic John Linegar and were sold by Perkins George Mawer & Co at Manor Park Farm, Rand, on September 29.

Lot 425 was a restored 1939 350cc Ariel Red Hunter with an estimate of £2500 to £3500. It made £6100. The 1950 125cc BSA Bantam D1, which was complete but in need of restoration, had been pegged at £500 to £800. It fetched £1700. 

A 1924 350cc BSA beat its upper estimate by £1400 to make £5400 and a 1923 269cc Harper Runabout petrol motorised tricycle with a target of £1000 to £1500 sold for £3600. Another BSA, this time a 1968 Bantam D14/4, estimated at £300 to £500 made £540. It wasn't just motorcycles that succeeded either. A 1966 98cc Lambretta Cento moped estimated at £500 to £800 sold for £1400. 

The only real two-wheeled disappointment of the sale was a 1921 250cc Sun Vitesse, estimated at £2500 to £3500, which managed just £2200.

The sale's four-wheeled heavy hitters were a 1936 Rolls-Royce Sedanca De Ville which sold for £19,500 despite a top estimate of £12,000, and a 1935 Alvis Silver Eagle fixed head coupe which made £16,500 – £4500 above its estimate.

Mr Linegar died leaving a vast collection of vehicles and spares, mostly in barn find condition, at his home at Cabourne, near Grimsby. Among the more unusual bits and pieces sold as part of his collection were several aero engines, a pair of stone troughs, an Aston Martin DB2 engine and gearbox, nine wheels from artillery pieces and more than 10 boxes full of motorcycle magnetos.

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