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Comet

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Has anyone been keeping an eye on the Mecum, LV auction.
1954 Black Shadow went for $99,000
1951 Comet went for $24,200
19550 Rapide went for $28,600
More still to cometoday and tomorrow.
 

vin998

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So far not a single person interested in bidding on any of these bikes has asked either Jon or I for the numbers to be checked and Mercum never ask the VOC about a bike they are selling. Obviously bidders are willing to throw money at bikes they have done no due dilligence on.
Buyer beware

Simon
 

Graham Smith

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So far not a single person interested in bidding on any of these bikes has asked either Jon or I for the numbers to be checked and Mercum never ask the VOC about a bike they are selling. Obviously bidders are willing to throw money at bikes they have done no due dilligence on.
Buyer beware

Simon
Well, people can't accuse you of not trying Simon.
 

ClassicBiker

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What a shame, You can't buy a cheap old Vin' And mess about with it, Like I Did/Do !.
Bill,
I'm becoming of the opinion that those days are long past regardless of what make you choose. Those vehicles that are old enough to be free of mandated extraneous rubbish are to highly prized now to be messed about with. Those that are relatively inexpensive have so much mandated stuff on them that you are not allowed to change or alter, messing about with them is nigh on impossible.
Steven
 

Bill Thomas

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Mind you, There was a T.V. Prog' the other day, Sort of vintage thing, Where these pair of Clowns,
Could not sell a Honda 750, I think it was the V4 ?, Slagging it off, In the end they wanted £900,
I said to the Wife, I would have that in a heart beat,
You know what She Said :) .
But after a few Prog', They both had to ride it, And they both came back and said, It was not too bad !.
I need a bigger garage !.
 

Comet

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I am looking forward to seeing how the Firefly does tomorrow.
Dear Santa.......
 

TouringComet

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Lot F203, one of the Red/Black Touring Rapides, is not a one owner bike as stated in the listing. That bike did have one long term owner from new until a few years ago, but it went from the original owner to his brother, then was sold to another. The third owner contacted the VOC, as photos were included that have my father’s name written on the back. The original owner was a member of the old LA section. I have some other photos from my father of this bike.
 

TouringComet

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As always, fun to pick out odd features of restorations. Two of the late Series C Shadows with engine numbers above 10000 have tommy bars for the mudguard flap and hinge. I believe they should have the knurled knob and long nut instead.
 

vin998

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Lot F203, one of the Red/Black Touring Rapides, is not a one owner bike as stated in the listing. That bike did have one long term owner from new until a few years ago, but it went from the original owner to his brother, then was sold to another. The third owner contacted the VOC, as photos were included that have my father’s name written on the back. The original owner was a member of the old LA section. I have some other photos from my father of this bike.
Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story.
 

vin998

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As always, fun to pick out odd features of restorations. Two of the late Series C Shadows with engine numbers above 10000 have tommy bars for the mudguard flap and hinge. I believe they should have the knurled knob and long nut instead.
Thats the least of their problems. Suspect numbers & replica crankcases are circulating.
 

vibrac

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Bill,
I'm becoming of the opinion that those days are long past regardless of what make you choose. Those vehicles that are old enough to be free of mandated extraneous rubbish are to highly prized now to be messed about with. Those that are relatively inexpensive have so much mandated stuff on them that you are not allowed to change or alter, messing about with them is nigh on impossible.
One of the great advantages of a non matching numbers bike, is that you can ride it mod it(so long as it stays within the DVLA 'not substantially modified' area -what ever that means) Ride with its improved lights,ignition steering suspension etc etc,( keeping the old stuff on the shelf) and free of the'extraneous rubbish' as you call it of a modern bike.
I must admit every time I drive in my fairly modern car with the idiot bleeps with an engine I can hardly see for the plastic covers and inaccessible items I think perhaps I should apply the same logic and look for a low mileage 1980-90 tin box
 

Bill Thomas

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No road tax, MGC ?, No, I will stick with my Honda CRV, I think I can get a Twin in the back, If pushed.
 

TouringComet

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Lot F52 Series B Touring Rapide sold for $82,500
Lot F63 Firefly sold for $9,900
Lot F85 Comet no sale high bid $21,000
Lot F122 Comet sold $30,800
Lot F134 B twin racer no sale high bid $40,000
 

Glenliman

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It seems that Vincents have gone down quite a lot in price over the last couple of years.
It also seems that Vincents have gone up quite a lot in price over the last couple of years.
Never mind the fresh Hammerite, we need to add rust for value.
Funny, I'm always fighting rust, worrying about humidity levels in the shop and so on.
Should just let rust win!

Glen
 

TouringComet

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Lot F253 A Rapide no sale high bid $250k
Lot F254 C Shadow sold $99k
Lot F255 Flash replica no sale high bid $11k
Lot F256 Victor replica no sale high bid $25k
Lot F260 C Touring Rapide sold $55k
 

Little Honda

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One of the great advantages of a non matching numbers bike, is that you can ride it mod it(so long as it stays within the DVLA 'not substantially modified' area -what ever that means) Ride with its improved lights,ignition steering suspension etc etc,( keeping the old stuff on the shelf) and free of the'extraneous rubbish' as you call it of a modern bike.
I must admit every time I drive in my fairly modern car with the idiot bleeps with an engine I can hardly see for the plastic covers and inaccessible items I think perhaps I should apply the same logic and look for a low mileage 1980-90 tin box
Better value for money, for sure!
 

Little Honda

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I don't understand, My Special is matching numbers, Never gave it a thought.
Bill, I referred to vibrac´s notion abt modern cars and 1980 -90ies tin boxes. I am driving a Volvo V70 in pristine
condition, yr2000, former(first) owner a Black Shadow owner, same car as Neville Higgins, who also worked at
Volvos´when it was constructed. It is one of the best cars, I have had, including Mercedes , BMW and Porsche.
I am not missing anything in comparison to modern cars, therefor: "Better value for money!"
 
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