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Star Bikes at Charterhouse

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The Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage motorcycles on 9th March was another huge success with the auction totalling just over £500,000.

“We have held several auctions at the prestigious Haynes International Motor Museum which is such a popular venue with excellent road and rail links. Not forgetting Bristol Airport which one successful buyer flew into and attended the sale.” Commented George Beale. “However, for me, it was not only the auction total which was great but also the fantastic selling rate of 80% which was impressive.”

Top lot of the day was the 1962 AJS 7R sold on the hammer for £36,500. A matching numbers bike the petrol tank was specially made by the factory for Tommy Robb who has verified that he rode the bike in period. It was also raced by in the ‘70s by Manx GP competitors Dave Hunt and Robert Hirst.

Selling to a Hungarian collector was a brace of Norton Manx’s. First up at £30,000 was a 1961 Manx 500 followed by £20,000 for a 1960 Manx 350. This Hungarian collector, bidding live at the sale via the internet, also bought the beautifully presented 1937 OK Supreme RCB 350 at £20,000 amongst other bikes.

Elsewhere in the auction, a 1942 Indian 741B military motorcycle sold to a serial collector of military machines at £22,000, a 1935 Rudge Ulster made £15,000, a 1936 Douglas Endeavour £15,200, a 1959 Triumph Bonneville Tangerine Dream £14,000 and a 1971 Honda CB750 K1 £12,000.

Charterhouse are now accepting entries for their next specialist auction of classic and vintage motorcycles, being held again at Haynes, on Wednesday 29th June.

For entries contact George Beale and the team at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, DT9 3BS 01935 812277 or email

1962 AJS 7R sold for £36,500

1961 Norton Manx 500 sold for £30,000

1942 Indian 741B sold for £22,000

1971 Honda CB750 K1 sold for £12,000