If you’re in the market for a new classic scooter, or fancy treating yourself to something a little special, you might want to get along to the Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham tomorrow for the next H&H Classic Motorcycles auction. It has 49 scooters in total up for grabs, mostly Lambrettas and Vespa but a couple of lesser known classics too.
The 1950 Vespa V13T ‘Bacchetta’ rod model above was not a scooter imported into Great Britain originally, this one arriving around 4 or 5 years ago with it’s Italian owner. The auction estimate of £9,000 to £12,000 is a good example of just how much more value older Vespas can command over their Lambretta counterparts. An arguably rarer 1948 Lambretta Model A has an estimate of £9,000 to 10,000 and a 1949 Model B estimated at £5,500 to £6,500.
Another Lambretta rarely spotted on these shores are the 3-wheelers, this 1956 FD150 carrying an estimate of £6,500 to £7500.
And if you like three wheels on your scooter, there are no less than three combos among the auction lots, the late Kev Walsh (LCGB chairman)’s Vespa Rally 200 and sidecar, the late Mike Karslake’s Series 2 Lambretta Li and sidecar, and a Lambretta GT200 with Watsonian Bambini Sidecar that was originally registered in London back in May 1965.
In edition 32 of ScooterNova magazine we have an interesting article about the dual control scooters used to teach novice riders back in the 1960s. One of those scooters, a 1961 Li 150 is also among the auction lots, albeit with an estimate of £10,000 to £12,000, so definitely not your common or garden Li model!
Another rare scooter is the Vespa 90 Racer, a normal looking Vespa on the outside, but with a 90SS engine powering it along. The auction also boasts a regular 90SS too, although the Racer has the lower estimate of £9,000 to £11,000.
As for the lesser known marques, there is a 1961 Puch Alpine SR150, a 1959 Triumph Tigress 250 twin and a 1949 Cushman Model 62, should you be looking for something far less common. Chances are they’ll sell for al ot less too.
The 49 scooters are among a total of over 280 motorcycle lots on the day, with other models of interest including Lambretta DL150 and DL200 scooters boasting 0001 frame numbers, a Vespa SS90 Gori racer, Lambretta Model E and F, TV Series 1 and 2, Vespa GS VS3, and for those who like some modern and obscure, a BMW C1 125cc automatic scooter complete with roof!
At the previous auction some prices went through the roof while at the other end I reckon a couple of bidders went home with a bargain or two, so whether the scooters will match their estimates we’ll have to wait and see.
The auction takes place on Wednesday 20 July with viewing beginning at 9am. For more information, to check out the rest of the lots or to register your interest to bid, click this link.
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