Bonhams to offer classic motorcycle collection of Harry Lindsay



2015-06-26 11:20:40

Bonhams to offer classic motorcycle collection of Harry Lindsay

8 Mar 2012, 16:02 GMT

Bonhams have announced the details of their forthcoming auction to be held in conjunction with the Classic Motorcycle Show in Stafford. The event in April will include more than 30 motorcycles from the personal collection of Irish motorcycle legend Harry Lindsay, whose family were synonymous with motorcycle racing from the 1920s onwards.

Harry’s grandfather and father originally set up their premises in Dublin in 1926, with his grandfather creating the ‘Celtic’ – one of Ireland’s earliest motorcycles.

Harry continued the family tradition by becoming the country’s major importer of Bultaco motorcycles and racing them along with Bill Smith, Tommy Rob and Kevin Cass in the 1967 Production 250cc TT.

After developing a close relationship with Phil Vincent, founder of Vincent Motorcycles, Lindsay became the company’s agent in the Republic of Ireland and was one of the few riders to ever ride Reg Dearden’s legendary supercharged Vincent Black Lightning.

Commenting on the sale, Harry said; “So now after all my enjoyments, disappointments, interests and satisfactions the time arrived to make a decision. 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 eighty sixth year and I would love to know what happens to them (motorcycles).”

Notable models from the collection set to appear include:

  • An ‘as new’ McIntosh Norton 500cc Model 30 Manx valued at £25,000-30,000
  • McIntosh Norton 350cc Model 40 Manx valued at £22,000-27,000
  • An ex-Stanley Woods/Bert Perrigo 1939 BSA 350cc B25 Competition Motorcycle valued at£8,000-12,000
  • 1912 Rudge Whitworth 499cc valued at £8,000-12,000

The auction is scheduled to take place as part of the Classic Motorcycle Show in Stafford on Sunday April 29.


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