Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Art & Auctions
‘Greatest’ motorcycle up for grabs

Considered to be one of the greatest motorcycles ever built, a 1989 Honda VFR 750 RC30 will be going under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions' sale at the Classic Motorbike Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham on November 15 and 16.

Designed by Honda to their exact racing specification, only minimal road going parts were added when it was sold to the public. Raced by some of the best riders of all time, between 1987 and 1990 it proved unbeatable in the hands of Fred Merkel, Joey Dunlop, Carl Fogarty, Nick Jefferies and many more. An incredibly competitive bike, the first two World Superbike Championships were won by RC30s.

This particular example, estimated at between £20,000 and £24,000 ($32,330 and $38,790), has had just one owner since 2007 and is in very good condition. The engine and frame numbers are correct and the odometer shows a reading of less than 12,000 km.

Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: "Very rarely do these fantastic bikes leave the care of their current owners and so this represents a rare and almost unique opportunity to add one of these special machines to a collection."

The motorcycle joins seven other bikes on offer at the show including a freshly restored 1954 BSA Gold Star, estimated at between £12,000 and £14,000 ($19,390 and $22,360), a rare 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo, estimated at between £5,000 and £7,000 ($8,080 and $11,315, and a 1967 Greeves Silverstone RES, estimated at between £4,000 and £5,000 ($6,466 and $8,080).

Nick added: "We're delighted to offer motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world this selection of wonderful bikes. And what better surroundings in which to offer them than the biggest classic motorbike show in the UK."

International buyers and those not attending the sale in person can bid online, by phone or via commission. For more information on the auction and to see the full list of motorcycles on offer click here http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/nec-classic-motor-show-sale-2014/view_lots/type/motorcycles.

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