Just in from Europe is this very pretty and good condition 1989 FZ750. Looking to be a very original bike, its paintwork has survived very well, past the odd chip/mark here and there and some slight crazing to the yellow stripe on the tank, hardly noticeable though. What is noticeable, once pointed out, is the extra “carbon fibre” look tape each side orf the fairing cowl, not having removed it would take a guess that here will be some cracking round the fairing bolt holes where it meets the fairing sides, common to find on early bodywork such as this, not that it detracts from the bikes looks but it is there, along with the very rare original seat cowl!!
The engine is excellent, starts first time and is very quiet, pulling very well for a bike of this age (damn these were good bikes, why Yamaha never sold more of them, only him upstairs knows!!) gearbox and clutch are slick, brakes etc are all very good. The speedo is showing very low miles but don’t think its the original, its a European model with an American 55MPH marked MPH clock so has been changed at some point you would think, having said that looking at its general condition and listening to the engine, it cant of done a lot of work? We have ordered replacement rear indicator mounts, hence why they are not on the bike in the pictures, the mounts were all droopy from them big old original indicators being kicked all the time over the years, getting on and off the bike and desperately needed changing.
Full age related UK registration will be carried out, once DVLA sort themselves out and get back to work along with a fresh MOT.
This rare to find “One year only with Quad headlights” 1970 El Camino is in great condition having benefited lately from an all over refresh by its current owner
Purchased as a bit of something to do during lockdown, its owner set about sorting lots of niggly bits, all the electrics were a bit “sketchy” and now everything works. This is an AC equipped car, the heater motor works but the AC doesn’t. It all appears to be present so may be able to be reconditioned and got working, he has not tried.
Under the bonnet is Chevrolet’ 350 cube V8 , only available in the El Camino the previous year, its fitted with Mallory Ignition, a 4 barrel Holley, Hooker exhaust headers and all that flows through a nice sounding larger bore exhaust, not over loud but gives that unmistakable V8 rumble. The engine bay itself is clean, tidy and corrosion free.
Tyres are new all round, Cooper Cobra GTs 235/60 15s on the front and 245/60 15s on the rear, these are fitted to a set of period looking Appliance rims that have been polished. Suspension has had a set of slightly lower Summit springs fitted all round, along with adjustable rear air shocks, so if you want to use this truck as it was designed to be used and load it up, you can adjust the ride height at the back.
Body work is very straight and apart from a couple of minor “dints” remarkably straight especially for a very shiny black car of this length! The subtle stripe on the bonnet is vinyl and the owner does have enough left over to do the roof and tail gate if you wanted to, ironically that would cover the most obvious “dint” (not big enough to be a dent 🙂 ) that is the one on the roof. The load bay has been freshly coated and is very solid. Front bumper is good on the chrome, rear not quite so, still presentable and not an eyesore but beginning to show its age where the chrome is concerned.
Interior has nice cloth/vinyl seats in good order and new carpets on the floor along with re-trimmed sun visors and good door panels. The dash has at some point been fitted with what looks to be a hand stitched leather (possibly) cover. A valiant attempt has been made but it just missed the boat in places and again while fine for a daily you would want to redo it if you were to want a show car.
On the road it behaves well and drives very nicely, it is only for sale now as the owner wanted to take it to Brands Hatch last weekend for the American SpeedFest meeting, it sat in all that traffic through Dartford tunnel and queuing up to get in to Brands, no bother, good oil pressure, no over heating and an enjoyable drive once back on the open roads.
With the car is a file of old invoices etc plus an owners manual and some other bits and pieces.
So no not mint but very good and as such would make a great every day driver, one to be proud of or with a bit effort, taken to the next level and lets face it its not £30K either like some advertised!! 😉
Imported from Italy in March 1997, then bought by its only owner in August of the same year, this very nice Suzuki GSX750E has had an easy life since, spending more of its time in a garage having bits done and being polished, than actually being ridden. Its last owner tells us that he hardly rode it at all in the last nine years, just getting it out on the road for the odd occasion, last MOTs were done in 2013 then 2018. He has however in that time, fitted stainless braided hoses to the brakes front and rear, a 4×1 Jama exhaust system, upgraded the ignition with new coils and leads, fitted a “Pingle” fuel tap so no more bothersome vacuum tap, sports seat, flat bars, crash bars and had the wheel rims plus the fork lower legs polished. As you can see he also had the bike painted into this rather unusual for a Suzuki, orange colour. The paint whether you like it or not, is bright and shiny and while not being factory finish is presentable enough if you want to leave it. Personally i think the colour is fine but it needs some original style graphics to break it up. There is a small almost un-noticeable dink on the very front/side of the tank and the odd stone chip, plus the r/h side panel has one of its mounting lugs broken, not that you can see that with the panel on. All simple things to do if you were to elect to paint it.
What is more complicated is that coming from Italy in KMH there have been various attempts to fit UK MPH clocks, none particularly successful, the last being what are fitted now. These the actual speedo reads as do the idiot lights and fuel gauge, but the rev counter is temperamental (reads low) and the odometer is not registering, so mileage wise, who knows?? Its a case of judge its condition and make your own mind up.
Having stood so much, prior to sale it will have a service and carbs balanced plus an MOT included in the price. These big 4 cylinder 4 strokes of the 70s and 80s are getting more and more desirable as the days go by and prices reflect this with the like of Z9s, CBX1000s etc now commanding very high prices.This is filtering down to the lower cc stuff with bikes such as this getting harder and harder to find at sub 4K and mint ones are much more. So ride it and look after it, its value will go up.
Just arrived with us so waiting its valet and UK registration, is this very nice RD250C that benefits from being pretty much a one year, one market (Germany) model having the sought after wire wheels but with a rear brake disc instead of a drum brake. Looking pretty original on arrival the paint has been renwed and a new seat cover fitted. Otherwise apart from a few bits like new mirrors and levers it is pretty much as arrived. Showing the equivalent of 22500 miles, we have fitted a new MPH speedo but the odometer is untouched and will still record in KMs, looking at the rest of the cycle parts we believe this to be correct but as always cannot guarantee this. The motor starts more or less at first kick and clutch, brakes etc operate smoothly and again rare, one key fits all the locks.
A couple of negatives are the rear grab handle to assist you getting it on the center stand is missing and the back of the seat does sit very slightly high until you press your hand down on it.
No it is not a mint show bike hence not £7k going on some prices you see today, but still very nice, more of a bike you can actually ride and enjoy.
Now with us is this very pretty and rare to find in black, 1990 5.3 V12 XJS Convertible. This car has benefited from a bare metal respray on the outside and new carpets, restored wood and reconolised leather on the inside. It’s been a Labour of love by it’s owner and now right when it just needs the final minor things to finish, he has to sell it due to personal circumstances. It drives very well (gearbox recently serviced) with no nasty bangs or rattles. Engine is smooth, sounds great out of the exhausts, shows great oil pressure and no signs of any problems. Brakes etc all function as designed but the abs light has come on since a new battery was fitted. The electric windows, locks and convertible roof all operate correctly. Coming with the car is a file of paperwork that has reciepts etc showing the work carried out over the years and there is a current mot through to October.
Minor bits I know that need to be sorted, there may be others, are things like the light switches for the interior lights don’t appear to work and their small wood surround was lost when all the wood was refinished, so a replacement has been found but it’s not as shiny. Front headlight wipers have also gone missing and the steering wheel is slightly out of line when driving (tracking?). You can use as is and sort out the little niggles as you go. Prices of XJS Jags have gone up massively year on year, this one is offered at £16995 so well down on comparable cars, but it needs to go now not in the middle of summer.
Rumoured to be one of one, but definitely one of no more than a hand full of 996 Turbo Cabs in Guards Red and very striking is is too! This along with all the standard goodies, the other options that were chosen by its first owner moved its purchase price to £102,095.01 when new (mustn’t forget the penny!) in September 2004, things like the red stitching through out the full leather interior, cruise control, heated seats, 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors, Porsche crests on the front head rests etc etc .
Now i could go on about its 400 plus horse power turbo charged flat 6 motor, its almost seamless gear changing 5 speed tip-tronic gearbox or the prodigious grip its All Wheel Drive system gives but if you are reading this you know all that! Suffice to say this car has been looked after properly with a full history to 77k in its original owners wallet along with its other owners books. The service history is backed up with not just its service stamps but the invoices for its services and further maintenance in between.
Its owner that we are selling the car for says that at the asking price he will leave the personal plate on it, otherwise it will go back to its original “54” plate but a new MOT will be carried out for the new owner and as you can see by the pictures, comes complete with its desireable removable hard top. With still only 81527 miles on the clock it is still in superb condition throughout and has been kept by its current owner in a dry dehumidified area and only now for sale to help fund his elderly mothers care.
This great “bruiser” Suzuki was rare in its day and even rarer today. By using the GSXR1100 motor all be it with smaller carbs and softer cams and equiped with shaft drive, Suzuki made the GSX “G” a great all round bike, one that could tour effortlessly but when needed cover great distances at speed.
After having been stood a while and on arriving with us we found it to be running poorly. The fault was traced to what is becoming more and more of a problem, the ethanol in our modern petrol had basically eaten the original carb floats plus the float level needles and seats!! So on top of the usual oil and filter change a new set of floats, needles and seats and a new set of spark plugs have all been fitted, now it runs properly!
With just under 40K on the clock this good condition example would make a great every day classic or with a bit of work an unusual bike at a classic show. A whole lot of bike at not a lot of money in a world where a moped can be for sale at £10K!!
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 if you choose to put the earlier option and traditional round headlights back on.
On the road it drives well with the engine and box working well, yes it’s a bit bouncy but then all small jeeps feel like that, the power steering give a good feel and the brakes work very well. The inside for what it is, has a full complement of clocks (Note fuel gauge not working and speedo appears slow) and the rack of 4 spot lights mounted on the overhead roll bar work as blue halo style lights as well as spot lights, rear lights are full LED units. Seating is comfortable but we had to remove the rear seats for the MOT as they can tilt forward under emergency breaking and need to be modified if you want to use them on the road.
MOT was carried out July 2020 and it passed with no advisories so it’s ready to have fun this summer. Go on dare to be different and have some fun either on road or off.
There is a colour matched material roof with the car but to be honest we have not even fitted it.
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 Ferrari in exchange or p/x, possibly with a balance either way but your P/X MUST be a manual and Right Hand Drive.