Tuesday, November 27, 2012


1926 Garelli two-stroke racer, they type which started many European champions on wheels
I rarely repeat press releases, but this one says it all...an impressive collection, at the most beautiful auction venue in the world.  Bonhams was forced by scheduling to skip a year at the Grand Palais (showing at an historic Paris warehouse instead, in Feb.2012), but it's welcome news they return to the grand old lady of Paris.  The Bonhams auction will of course coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Rétromobile show, at which it is rumored motorcycles will again be welcome (more on this as I find out...). If you needed an excuse to visit Paris for a few days, I'd say you've found a good one... Read to the bottom, for the Ultimate Coolness; a 1929 DeHavilland Gypsy Moth biplane parked in the Grand Palais.
1963 Garelli 50cc Monza record-breaker...'dustbins' were banned in GP competition in '57, but were perfectly acceptable for long-distance and high-speed record attempts
From the Bonhams press office:


The entire Garelli Grand Prix Collection is offered at No Reserve at the Bonhams sale at the Grand Palais in Paris. A second collection for the 6th to 7th February sale features some 55 machines from the early Vintage era to the modern day

Two single-owner collections will headline the motorcycle section of the Bonhams sale at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, in early February 2013.
1983 ex-Eugenio Lazzarini GP racer, the year Garelli won the Manufactuer's World Title
The Garelli Grand Prix Collection comprises some two-dozen historic racing motorcycles from the celebrated Italian manufacturer, many from the factory’s 1980s heyday, and a selection from its pre-war days. All the machines, which were housed by their current owner in a private chapel, will be sold at no reserve.

Highlights include the 1963 Garelli 50cc Monza world-record-breaker (estimate €50,000 - €70,000); the ex-Eugenio Lazzarini 1983 50cc racer that helped Garelli to the manufacturers’ World Championship that year (estimate €12,000 - €17,000); and a 1987 example of the 125cc twin that won six riders’ World Championships and four manufacturers’ titles during the 1980s (estimate €7,000 - €12,000). Garelli Motorcycles was founded in 1919. Many famous Italian racers – including Ernesto Gnesa, Tazio Nuvolari and Achille Varzi – began their racing careers on Garelli bikes, and in the early 1980s the factory dominated the 125 class in Grand Prix motorcycle racing, winning six consecutive world championships between 1982 and 1987.
1987 Garelli 125cc GP racer
Also forming part of the collection are two important non-Garelli racing motorcycles: the ex-Fred Merkel Honda RC30 ridden by the American World Superbike champion during the 1989/90 season (estimate €20,000 - €30,000), and the 1989 Yamaha TZ250W used by French star Jean-François Baldé during his final season of Grand Prix racing (estimate €3,500 - €5,500).

Lining up alongside the Garellis is an important French private collection assembled by garage-owning enthusiast owner, the late Claude Lesellier. The eclectic mix of some 55 machines includes French, British, German and American motorcycles dating from the early Vintage era to the modern day. Highlights include:
1916 Indian Powerplus 1000cc, with full springing
  • 1935 Magnat Debon 750cc VMA v-twin (estimate €8,000 - €12,000)
  • 1950 Terrot 500cc RGST (estimate €4,500 - €6,500)
  • 1945 Terrot 350cc JSS (estimate €3,000 - €4,000)
  • 1929 Rhonyx 500cc GX (estimate €6,000 - €10,000)
  • 1930 Dollar 500cc S3 (estimate €5,000 - €6,000)
  • 1927 Automoto 500cc AL11 Supersport (estimate €10,000 - €15,000)
  • c.1921 Magnat Debon 250cc (estimate €6,500 - €8,500)
  • 1918 Harley-Davidson Model 18F Combination (estimate €16,000 - €20,000)
  • 1916 Indian 1,000cc Powerplus (estimate €20,000 - €25,000)
  • 1930 Stylson 350cc RH (estimate €4,000 - €5,000)
  • 1931 Arbinet 350cc BSSC (estimate €5,000 - €7,000)
Bugatti Type 54, ex-Achille Varzi
Among other lots already consigned for the auctions is the 1929 American Moth Corporation De Havilland 60GMW Gipsy Moth biplane that featured in the 1985 Oscar-winning film ‘Out of Africa’ (starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford), and the ex-works Bugatti Type 54 that raced at Monza on 6th September 1931 in the hands of Achille Varzi (estimate €2.5 million - €3.5 million)."

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