Harry Lindsay motorcycle collection rolls into UK Classic Motorcycle Show

Harry Lindsay is an Irish motorcycle legend, and 30 of his motorcycles are set to auction at the Classic Motorcycle Show in Stafford, UK, on April 29.

The 30 bikes are expected to bring £200,000 in total.

Harry and his family became synonymous with motorcycle racing, production and sales. His grandfather created one of Ireland's earliest motorcycles, the 'Celtic'.

From the family base in Dublin, set up in 1926, Harry became Ireland's first major importer of Spanish Bultaco motorcycles and Japanese Honda spare parts.

Lindsay built strong connections with Bultaco, entering them into the 1967 Production 250cc TT in which racers Bill Smith and Tommy Rob won 1st and 2nd placing.

Friendship with Philip Vincent, the British motorcycle pioneer, followed and Lindsay became the Republic of Ireland's Vincent agent. Harry is also one of the few people to have ridden Reg Dearden's supercharged Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle.


1948 Rex McCandless-designed pre-production model supplied by Norton to Chick Gibson 410.jpg
The 1948 pre-production model supplied by Norton to Chick Gibson

"So now after all my enjoyments, disappointments, interests and satisfactions the time arrived to make a decision," said Harry on the sale of his collection.

"I did make that decision and that was to let the bikes go to be enjoyed by others of equal interest and lesser years. I am now in my 86th year and I would love to know what happens to them (motorcycles)."

Starring among the two-wheeled rolling works of art is an "as new" McIntosh Norton 500cc Manx. The rare motorcycle is estimated at £25,000-30,000.

The brace of Norton 500Ts for sale also includes the 1948 Rex McCandless-designed pre-production model supplied by Norton to Chick Gibson (£7,000-10,000), pictured above.

The Stafford Spring Sale will offer many other rare classic motorcycles, and promises to be a great event for collectors to buy, sell and discuss their hobby.

Watch this space for more news on the event.  

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