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Who could value our bike for sale.

GrantAndrew

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My dad and i had been working on his roger slater egli vincent rapide.
He bought this new in 1971 and it has only been ridden up the road and back once in this time.
Unfortunatly my dad passed away new years day much to all our shock and my mum feels maybe we should sell it for someone else to get some use out of. This is in no means set in stone in fact i may well yet keep it.
It is unfinished at the moment the wiring needs finishing but is in extremly good condition. some surface rust as you would expect. it also never was registered on the road but we have all reciepts etc to allow this.

Who could give us a value?
It by no means needs to be sold but may be a weight off for my mum.
Any specialists who could act as agents to sell to get the best price home or abroad.
Please no stupid offers we no what its roughly worth.
Thanks, Grant.
 

vincenttwin

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Grant
Be very careful with whom you deal ,there are a few folks out there in and outside the club who will try to rip you off.
1. make certain they are a club member
2. Try one of the Vincent dealers who buy and sell .
3. try Conways ,ask for Colin Jenner ,see advert on top of this forum.
good luck
Peter Allen
 

GrantAndrew

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thanks for the reply and please no private messages for me to trawl through keep it in the public domain.
not really interested in selling to a dealer for them to make the money on unless it was a very favorable commission only arrangement.
if we do sell we want it to go to a good home.
thanks, grant.
 
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Graham Smith

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Andrew

I think Peter's given you some good advice there, but be aware no matter which route you go down, there'll always be someone, somewhere who will try rip you off no matter who you sell it to (this has been proved in the past).

If you're keen for it to go to a good home, I can give you an idea on value (along with other Club Officials), then it'll be up to you to do as you see fit.

You could of course advertise it in MPH. The only three Club Members who have sight of the the ads before they go in the public domain are: me, Sally (my wife), and Justin Mackay-Smith (our Advertisement Manager from the USA).

Once MPH lands on doormats in the UK, it is also posted on this forum for our overseas Members benefit.

As far as I know, that's as fair as I can make it.

Once interested buyers make contact with you, then the responsibility is all yours!

I hope this helps.

Graham Smith
MPH Editor
 

GrantAndrew

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an idea of value would be good. i know in my mind what i would be prepared to let it go for and if it was'nt enough it would stay.
 

timetraveller

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Grant, Condolences to and your mother over the loss of your father. The difficulty you will have over getting a valuation is that the condition cannot be judged from the photos alone. Someone needs to see it, test the compression etc and, if possible, hear it run. If someone was to buy it as a donor engine to go into an original frame etc then you would expect to get less for it than as a runner. There are several knowledgeable VOC ers near you and if one of them will give you a hand to get it running, even without the wiring finished, then you are certain to get more for it than as an unknown project. Assuming it is complete but unfinished and the rust etc is only surface rust then you should be looking for about £15K. Finished as a runner but still with some rust etc then you could realistically expect to get, say, £20k. Make it smart and running really well and then £5k+ on top of that price. Others might have different ideas and if so then this forum is a good place to express ones views.

Good luck
 

GrantAndrew

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thanks for the replys. will be keeping it then by the looks of it. there is no way my dad would have wanted it to be broken up and sold.
so i will be rebuilding it and getting it all restored. i am a mechanic by trade and one of my closest friends has a plating company so stripping and rebuilding will be fun.
i am quite relieved really. i think this is what my dad would have wanted.
i think you'll be seeing more posts from me when i get into difficultys.
 
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bsaowner

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Grant, I think you are right, you should keep it. It has been in your family for a long time and I'm sure your dad would have approved, also a good Egli is a tremendous bike to ride, I guarantee you will have fun on it once it is sorted. Although you are a mechanic by trade don't be too proud to ask for help as there is a wealth of knowledge in the club and some of the suppliers are incredibly helpful. I have found (to my cost) that vincent engines are very simple in principle but very complex in practice, there are a lot of little "wrinkles". The egli cycle parts should be very straightforward though. Don't be deterred if you run into issues with the motor even though it has no miles on it, as it was built by slaters many years ago and who knows how well. My egli engine was a fresh build when I got it but it was rubbish, I got it re-done by someone who knows what they are doing and it is brilliant now, plus I have been riding it most days for the past couple of years. Good luck, Mark.
 

GrantAndrew

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i think you are right my dad would like to see me ride it even my mum says so. hearing my dads storys of his old black shadow and his black prince i really want to experience this for myself. i will be asking for help when needed as this is very different to what i am used to working on.
Grant, I think you are right, you should keep it. It has been in your family for a long time and I'm sure your dad would have approved, also a good Egli is a tremendous bike to ride, I guarantee you will have fun on it once it is sorted. Although you are a mechanic by trade don't be too proud to ask for help as there is a wealth of knowledge in the club and some of the suppliers are incredibly helpful. I have found (to my cost) that vincent engines are very simple in principle but very complex in practice, there are a lot of little "wrinkles". The egli cycle parts should be very straightforward though. Don't be deterred if you run into issues with the motor even though it has no miles on it, as it was built by slaters many years ago and who knows how well. My egli engine was a fresh build when I got it but it was rubbish, I got it re-done by someone who knows what they are doing and it is brilliant now, plus I have been riding it most days for the past couple of years. Good luck, Mark.
 

CollingsBob

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Grant,
I have my fathers 1953 Rapide..I have owned it since about 1986 and every time I take it out for a run it reminds me of him. You will never regret keeping it - nor will your children, when, in the fullness of time you pass it on to them.
Bob Collings
 

GrantAndrew

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thanks for all the replys. i have to admit i am much happier that the matter is closed and the bike is staying. for now at least. i will be continuing with getting the bike as my dad always intended. when its finished i may have to re negoiate keeping it for the family but that will be a while off yet.
 

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