Webb's promises 'pure engineering genius' at vintage motorcycles sale

Collectors can revel in the noise of vintage motorcycle engines at Webb's auction of important vintage and collectors' motorcycles on Tuesday, October 5.

The sale promises key examples of important 20th century industrial design, including the iconic and the obscure.

Highlights among the more than 60 motorcycles on offer will include an original 1917 Harley-Davidson Model J, estimated at $18,000-28,000.

An original 1917 Harley-Davidson Model J

Also appearing is a motorcycle described by the auction house as being "without question, one of the coolest machines to have been produced under any corporate banner."

Debuted in 1972, the bike in question, the 1973 Triumph Hurricane - aka the X75 - was commissioned by BSA and styled by Craig Vetter who successfully created one of the most distinctive machines of the 1970s.

"Fluid surf lines capture the deep orange flow on the bike and the flared chrome pipes accentuate the triple's hi-revving tune," reads Webb's lot description.

The head-turning 1973 Triumph Hurricane

Today, it's believed that fewer than 1,183 engines were put aside for X75 production but nobody is sure of the total number of machines finally produced.

This rare example offers approximately 8800 original miles, and "is freshly serviced, oil tight and ready to ride" following a light restoration. It's estimated at $35,000-45,000.

Elsewhere, collectors on the look-out for a vintage entry-level investment won't be disappointed with other lots including the 1998 Harley-Davidson Softtail Heritage.

A more recent classic: the 1998 Harley-Davidson Softtail Heritage

With 17,531km on the clock, this classic piece of Harley-Davidson design will roll onto the auction block estimate at $13,000-16,000.

Webb's sale will take place in Auckland city, New Zealand. The machines will be on view for two weeks prior to the auction. Watch this space for upcoming news on the sale.



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