Paris Expo at the Porte de Versailles, where Retromobile is housed. Thus, in the case of Bonhams turnout from their former turf, they turned lemons into champagne.
Paris Automobile shows, held from 1901-60.
DeDion Bouton or Léon Bollée (above) trikes, were close cousins of motorcycles from the days when three-wheelers were lumped in with two in the mind of the public. A lone 1902 Griffon (below) stood on the sweeping marble staircase to the mezzanine, unrestored...and wouldn't it be great to exhibit a few more bikes on the mezzanine proper, next year?
Bonhams - a fantastic array of Bugattis, Ferraris, Alfas, Rolls' - who have increased the number of motorcycles included with their 'car' sales in a conscious attempt to 'cross-breed' the two camps of collectors. As noted in TheVintagent's Las Vegas 2011 posts, the 'car people' have entered the 'bike world', and at Vegas, skimmed the créme from the top of both auctions, buying virtually every motorcycle going under the hammer at over $100,000.
Megola is surely the most technically interesting machine on the floor, the restoration is only so-so, with some chrome (instead of nickel) and a few other easily rectified minor faults. Some parts on the chassis are new as well, so the price is likely to be 'low' for this amazing 5-cylinder curiosity, although with 145,000 euros the likely reserve, no Megola will ever be inexpensive. And, this one runs! If you'd like to hear what that sounds like, check this video from last year in Bavaria. Surely, any running Megola is a worthwhile addition to a collection; surely no one is immune to their bizarre attraction.
|The Megola 5-cylinder engine-within-a-wheel.|
|1955 Vincent Black Knight 998cc.|
|Wonderful patinated 'barn find' 1928 BMW R62.|
|How much Bugatti would you like? Will 5 litres be sufficient? 1930 Type 46 with Alligator interior!|
|Porsche Carrera bodywork; just add chassis.|
|The setting left nothing to be desired.|
|The 'I-want-it' Moto Guzzi Dondolino replica.|
|Replicated because it is beautiful, desirable, fast.|
|The Guzzi suspension damper, plus exhaust 'town' cut-out mechanism.|
|The ultimate bulb horn, on a Peugeot with 'boattail' bodywork in mahogany.|
|Art Nouveau in steel.|
|MAG engine on the Swiss Motosacoche 500 twin|
|A Royal Enfield chassis, with unusual 3-speed 'coffee grinder' all-chain ratio change. No gearbox!|
|Motosacoche starting gear, with hand-crank starter handle.|
|1933 Rolls Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon.|
|Early Serpulet racing car.|
|Ultima motorcycle gearbox.|
|1923 Wander 616cc engine.|
|The Wander 'au jus'; just add gas and oil.|
|Lineup of British V-Twins for sale.|
|1936 Brough Superior SS80 Special, with 'MX' sidevalve 990cc engine.|
|As Ezekiel said; 'Wheels within wheels'...|