Suzukis 1982 “Homologation Special” 1000cc Katanas were rare when new, less than 3000 of them were made in total to comply with the then International Superbike race series cap of 1000cc, how many UK specs were made i do not know but some say round the 100 mark only. To find a non restored and original version today is even rarer, let alone with only 7K on the clock!! With its previous to last owner having it from 1984 to 2017, apparently keeping it in his front room towards the end (he was suffering with dimentia and liked to just look at it). On passing the current owner purchased it as a nice thing from his youth and to sit with his collection of early British bikes, soon realising that it really was not a bit of him after all, to fast etc so has asked me to offer it to the market for him. Its painfully original, yes it has the rare and sought after optional wire wheels but he has the standard alloy ones the UK spec bikes had fitted. “Konis on the rear” i hear you say, yep but he has the originals. The only other thing […]
This great condition 1988 Honda VT500 must be one of the lowest mileage examples on the road today! First registered in April 1988 it had its one and only owner change in 2008, when it was purchased on a whim by its the not so well new owner. Unfortunately his illness did not allow him to ride very often resulting in only just over 3000 miles being put on the bike over the next 12 years. He passed away and the bike was left with his wife to dispose of which is how we came to have the bike for sale, on behalf of the person that bought it. As you can see by the pictures it is in lovely original condition, just the one side panel has been changed, this was broken when the previous owner managed to drop it on its side in his garage and although is an original panel, it is slightly off on the colour and missing its graphic. Back in its day the VT500 replaced Hondas CX500 as the commuter/dispatch riders favourite, giving better performance, handling and breaks than its predecessor, while the in-line water cooled V Twin motor made the bike much more […]
This great little bike is from an era when 250cc bikes were the king of the “Learner rider” castle. Yes the RD’s, KH’s and Gt’s back then with their screaming 2 stroke engines were quicker than their 4 stroke rivals but they went through fuel, oil and your money like it was the last keg of beer at a free bar on Southend seafront! All the big four manufacturers offered an alternative 4 stroke for those that wanted more reliability, electric start, a more solid feel to their bike etc, one that would get them to work every day, no fuss just get on with anything you threw at them. Yamaha’s XS 250/400 range did just that. The knock on effect of this was that they were used in all weathers, often clocking up horendous mileage and in the case of the 250, abused by many novice riders until eventually being scrapped or dumped in a garage and forgotten about. Now things have changed, the resurgence of interest in the small CC engine bikes out of Japan is amazing, who ever thought an FS1E would be selling for 7K plus!! People are now looking to buy and restore these early […]
This now lovely and very sought after UK spec 1972 Kawasaki 500 H1b was found after it had become an abandoned restoration, covered in a mix of grease and duck oil and left since the mid 80s in a garage when its owner emigrated to Spain. Now, after a lot of time, money and effort, especially by Jason and his dad at Bikewise Workshop in Leigh on Sea Essex, its finished! What i wanted was a sympathetically “revived” bike, one that retained some if its age and didnt look like a new bike, more a really nice, nearly 50 year old, Japanese classic and personally i think thats what has been achieved. There seems to be no ceiling in prices of Jap classic bikes with the early two strokes becoming so sort after they are closing in value with the market favourites Z900s, CBX thou’s etc. I have priced our H1 at £8500 so leaving enough room for the next owner if he/she wants to make it a £10k plus show bike ( having said that, leave it as is and in a year or so it will be worth that or more anyway). Bare in mind that although no […]
Here is something different, a 1979/80 Benelli 500LS. This bike had been stood for decades in an underground storage area in Spain until we recently liberated it, along with a Ducati 500 Twin. Now back with us here in the UK. It is being offered as a project bike but from what we can see it really does not need alot to get it on the road and use as is, the other option is to restore and it would make a great candidate for that too. On arrival the carbs were removed and sonic cleaned, fuel tank washed out and a battery fitted, off she went sweet as a nut. Yes the carbs could do with being balanced and i dare say running some fuel system cleaner through would help but the motor fires up, clutch is free and you can jump on and ride it ( we have only done so in the confines of our yard). Brakes which are Brembo fronts, all function properly, all the lights etc work apart from the rear light which will need a new lens and a couple of the dash idiot lights. Fork legs are all very good as is all […]
Just imported from Austria so waiting for its reg (dvla basically are shut at the mo)this lovely condition M900 Monster has just had a full service including its cam belts and brakes all round. Fitted with some very nice options. After market silencers, carbon fibre front and rear guards and side panels, twin clock conversion plus fancy arse mirrors and levers. Its a 98 model bike that was first registered in 2001 so is the last of the sought after carb models. Currently has its original KMH clock fitted but will be supplied with a MPH unit. In excellent order throughout and sensibly priced at £3295. UPDATE: NOW REGISTERED ON A “51” PLATE
These bikes were rare back in the late 80s let alone now! Ask yourself when you last saw one on the road, especially one as original as this lovely 1989 example? Built in 1989 and first registered here in the UK in 1989 so likely to of been new, it comes withsome old service reciepts and a stack of old MOTs dating back to 1999 and showing 9724 kms, right through to 2016 at 16265. At that point the history shows it was off the road, or at least not motd, until March 2019 where after a bill of £651 including new cam belts it was fully serviced and back on the road, still with just 16280 kms on the clock! As always we have to say “we cannot warrant any mileages” so make your own minds up. Today it is in very good condition, yes there are a couple of chips in the paint and some blisters by the fuel filler (not rust paint reaction) but for a 31 year old Italian bike that has not been restored, it is in fine fettle and comes with some very nice updates comprising of a fully adjustable “Ohlins” rear shock, electronic […]
A superb condition example of a Will Cypha with very low mileage. Fully loaded as always with air conditioning, central locking, electric windows all round, electrically adjusted and folding mirrors, remote release for boot and fuel flap and digital dash. Speedo shows 51500 kms so 31000 miles and now fully converted to read in MPH from now. Based on a Toyota Yaris with the up-market VVTI engine coupled to an automatic gear box with overderive so giving excellent reliabitity and economy but lively performance. Road tax is £145 per year. So go on be different and dare to stand out from the crowd. Fully UK registered on an 03 plate and now with 4 new tyres and a fresh MOT through to july 2021
Well where do we start with this one? Back after the war when the Americans pulled out of the Philippines they left a raft of military equipment and vehicles behind them. Amongst it was a number of Willys jeeps, these soon became a status symbol amongst the locals but the climate, being what it is on an island in the middle of a sea, soon took its toll on the unprotected metal parts and they rusted away. The Philipino people who are very good at this sort of thing, started to produce various replacement panels to repair the original with culminating in full bodies being produced in steel. These also rust so the next step was to produce the bodies in 100% stainless steel which is what we have here. You have to say the skill involved in hand beating and bending panels to make these is truly amazing! This particular shell was purchased and then mounted onto a Daihatsu Sport Track 4×4 chassis and retains the full 4 wheel drive system, its 1600cc 16 valve engine and 5 speed box, this gives a crazy mix of Japanese engineering below a body that could of come out of the 1940s […]
This very rare and very nice 1973 Citroen DS23 injection “Pallas” is now with our friends in Northern Spain. Having been in a dry, warm climate all its life, it has escaped the usual corrosion problems that so many of these great cars suffer with. Described as being “perfectly preserved and being fully operational”. In its history file there are alot of old invoices etc and even its original bill of sale! Paint and interior are both in very good condition, please study the pictures closely. Priced located in Spain, shipping throughout the world can be arranged. Approximate cost back to the UK mainland is £750. You are more than welcome to view the car in Spain and arrange your own transport as well.
With our colleagues in Norther Spain is this very very nice 1970 mini built to replicate an early “sliding window, exposed door hinge” Mk1. Starting with a solid 1000cc car a major update has been carried out to all parts of the car including a 1300cc motor, Minilite wheels and obviously a full paint job on the outside. Inside has been completely reupholstered and is described as “like new” , a pair of bucket seats have been fitted along with a “terratrip”. There is a file of invoices etc with the car showing the work that has been carried out and to sum it up, in the words of our Spanish friend “It works sensationally”! Priced located in N. Spain, shipping can be arranged to most destinations or you can collect yourself.
Having been part of a personal collection since being taken in P/x against an Aston Martin the current owner of this lovely Jaguar has asked us to offer it for sale on his behalf while also saying he would be happy to p/x it against either a Porsche or a Ferrari which must be over 35 years old and a manual car, cash in either direction. Needing no introduction this 1994 XJS Convertible is powered by what is probably one of the best engines to find its way under that long bonnet, the 6.0 Litre V12. On the road they do not come much smoother, silky power accompanied by a lovely exhaust note and a smooth changing automatic gearbox, a wonderful GT car made to just chew up the miles which is exactly what the owner before him used the car for, trips to his home in France, bringing the car back once a year to have it serviced and so maintaining its service history. Generally the body work is excellent with just the odd imperfection here and there, it is 26 years old and not a restored car after all. Inside is very well appointed and in again excellent […]
Having spent the last decade in personal collections, now only on sale as its current owner has had a change in direction for his collection, this superb example of one of BMWs greats comes with the most comprehensive history files I have seen. It appears to have every service receipt, repair bill, old MOT certificates, old tax discs (copies) and even a blow by blow ledger of when, why and how much spent on it! Alongside this there is its original fully stamped up service booklet and original owners handbooks, all in the correct BMW wallet. You can spend thousands restoring a car but you just cannot buy this sort of history. If you are reading this I really do not think you need to be told about these wonderful cars! So unlike todays cars that you have to read a badge to know what it is, these “Shark nose” BMs are instantly recognisable with the M6 being the top of the pack. They have a presence on the road that set them apart. In lovely all round condition and driving accordingly, its current owner has asked me to mention that he would look to take a pre-87 Porsche or […]