Classic Cars and Motorcycles

A bit about Classic Cars and Motorcycles

Held three times a year at Sledmere House, our classic car and motorcycle auctions have become immensely popular. Having achieved several world record prices, we are now established as one of the leading auction houses for the sale of classic vehicles and automobilia in the North of England.


Automobilia

Automobilia covers a vast range of items. The term is used to describe any historical artifact or collectible linked with motor cars and related areas, such as motor racing and motorsport personalities. In common usage the term is taken to specifically exclude fully or partially complete vehicles, although componentry may be termed automobilia if its ownership is primarily for memento value rather than for practical use.

Historically we used to include items in this category in our biannual collectors sales however unless timing of sale is critical most items of Automobilia are sold in our Classic Car & motorcycle auctions. We have achieved some outstanding prices and our live internet bidding system ensures that we reach the global market of collectors. In fact several items from our first sale in July 2016 were shipped out to Australia. Demand remains strong for enamel signs and petrol pump globes and motorcycle spares always sell very well.


Classic Cars

Drawing on our saleroom managers life long interest in classic cars and motorcycles we have rapidly become one of the leading auctioneers of Classic Cars and Motorcycles in the North of England. During his time working for Bonhams, Andrew sourced many interesting vehicles including a collection of cars that realised just over £5 million.

He was also the auctioneer for automobilia at the companies flagship motorcycle auctions at Stafford and has taken charity auctions at the TT Riders association annual dinner at the Birmingham motorcycle Museum. Our auctions are held at Sledmere house which is a convenient location for interested parties to attend due to its central location within the region.


Classic Motorcycles

Our first Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia auction was held in July 2016 after we were honoured with instructions from Steve Fairburn of Skidby to sell the entire contents of his private museum. The success of this auction and the life long personal interest and drive of our saleroom manager and valuer Andrew Spicer, resulted in two further auctions within eight months. Three Classic Car & Motorcycle auctions are now part of our annual calendar and our reputation for achieving excellent prices continues to grow.

Andrew, when he worked for Bonhams, sourced many interesting vehicles including a collection of cars that realised just over £5 million. He was also the auctioneer for automoblia at the companies flagship motorcycle auctions at Stafford and has taken charity auctions at the TT Riders association annual dinner at the Birmingham motorcycle Museum.

In 2017 we became the leading classic motorcycle auctioneer in the North of England, with over £250,000 of bikes sold. In March we sold the 1931 Matchless Silver Hawk for a North of England record of £48,160, beating the one set by Bonhams at Harrogate when in Nov 2011 they sold a Vincent Black Shadow for £33,925. In July a World Record, with a limited edition 2014 Norton Domiracer selling at £37,420, beating RM/Sothebys sale at Lake Como, that only realised €26,910 or £24,059. Finally, in November Ben Nobles' 1960 Manx Norton was bought by the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust for £31,360 on behalf of the Isle of Man Museum.

2018 saw nearly £600,000 of motorcycles sold as we cemented our position in the field. High lights were a 1938 Vincent series A Comet (non matching numbers) at £39,250, a 1962 Matchless G50, ex race bike of Dave Storry, realised £28,750, a 1959 Gold Star DBD34 at £18,975 and the oldest complete machine we have sold to date , a 1914 Fairfield went to a collector for £9,200.

2019 has included two great collections, both with a large quantity of spares, that were very well received, and a 100% selling rate. We offer very competitive rates of commission and each vehicle is fully researched and promoted with articles in International magazines and local press.

 

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