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Grand Prix Single: 1962 Matchless G50 for Sale

1962 Matchless G50 R Side Front

Possibly less well known than the incredibly long-lived Norton Manx, the Matchless G50 was a beautifully simple Grand Prix race bike that used lightness and simplicity to great advantage, as seen in the photos of this bike that clearly show the magnesium engine cases.

1962 Matchless G50 L Side

The 496cc chain-driven SOHC air-cooled single was connected to a four-speed gearbox and could push the 320lb bike to a top speed of 135mph. Supposedly named for the 50bhp it made at the rear wheel, the Matchless G50 was a direct competitor of the Norton Manx and, although it made less power, it was 30lbs lighter, making it that bike’s equal on tighter tracks… Unfortunately, the G50’s career was much shorter, with just 180 built in total between 1958 and 1963.

1962 Matchless G50 Dash

If you want one and you’re not particularly bothered by originality, near-perfect replicas are still being built by folks like Colin Seely, although with modern tolerances and production methods and often with higher-spec internals. They’re pricey for sure, but you won’t have to worry about finding someone willing to sell you a real G50, or be concerned about crashing a piece of history.

1962 Matchless G50 R Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1962 Matchless G50 Factory Racer for Sale

500cc Single Cylinder, with magnesium cases, Amal GP carburetor, correct front and rear brakes, older restoration on a very correct and unmolested factory racer. This motorcycle has been on static display in a private collection for many years. A full inspection and a new set of tires will be required prior to returning to competion use. The 1962 was the last year model for the Matchless G50 and is the most collectable and desirable of all years. Selling on a bill of sale.

1962 Matchless G50 Engine Detail2

The bike’s $62,750.00 Buy It Now price might seem pretty shocking, but Bonhams sold one in 2013 that went for just a shade under $60k so I’d expect this is right on the money for a genuine GP racer from the golden age of the British biking industry. It’s certainly an amazing machine, and would make a stunning vintage racer or display piece.

-tad

1962 Matchless G50 R Side

1962 Norton Manx Race Bike for Sale

1962 Norton Manx R Side

The Norton Manx was a racing motorcycle built from 1947 to 1962. Just think about that for a second: it was a motorcycle that was good enough to be competitive, not just on the street, where that kind of longevity is still fairly uncommon, but in the brutal, cut-and-thrust world of professional racing, during a period of time where motorcycle development in general was rewriting the rules of what could be done every few years…

1962 Norton Manx L Side Engine

A hugely impressive feat, and part of what makes these bikes so desirable for collectors. It also helps that this thing looks just about perfect, with proportions, colors, and simple engineering that is aesthetic as it is effective on track.

1962 Norton Manx Dash

While Norton officially retired from GP racing in 1954, they continued to sell the bike to individual racers. The light, nimble, and most importantly durable bikes were the perfect privateer bikes, easily adaptable to a variety of tracks and riding styles. They were simple and rugged, with excellent handling that put them ahead of more sophisticated or powerful bikes.

1962 Norton Manx Rear Wheel

Powered by engines of 350cc or 500cc displacement, they featured reliable and precise tower-shaft and bevel-gear driven overhead cams. The almost square bore and stroke gave a wide, flexible powerband that made the most of the 500’s 50bhp and would push the 300 pound machine to 140mph, very impressive for a single-cylinder motorcycle

1962 Norton Manx R Side Engine

The Featherbed frame that gave the bike its winning handling was introduced in 1954 and was welded up without any of the normal mass-produced cast pieces that added weight and could reduce strength. With telescopic forks up front and a swingarm rear suspension, the bikes had forgiving handling that allowed riders to make up time against more powerful motorcycle on many tracks.

Believe it or not, Molnar in the UK will still build you one of these from the original 1961 specs and drawings, as they bought rights to the tooling in 1994.

From the original eBay listing: 1962 Norton Manx 500cc Model 30M 

Set up and ready to go for AHRMA Vintage Racing with Norvil close ratio five speed transmission, fresh low end engine rebuild, short course fiberglass gas tank, Mitsubishi magneto, correct four shoe front brake, reverse cone exhaust, numbers matching engine and frame numbers and much more. An excellent investment! 

Located in Southern California.

These are hugely iconic bikes and very collectable, and there’s no need to let these sit in garages or under tarps where they slowly decay: organizations like AHRMA allow owners to thrash these things on track with other like-minded folks. I had the opportunity to meet some of the riders and their families down in South Jersey last weekend and found a whole bunch of people who’d traveled from all over to entertain the crowd with some great, on-track action. Hugely recommended, even if you can’t scrape together the cash to buy one of these yourself.

-tad

1962 Norton Manx L Side

1962 Moto Parilla 250 Grand Sport for Sale

1962 Moto Parilla 250 GS L Side

This is the first Moto Parilla I’ve seen come up for sale. Considering how often I see the name bounced around the classic bike community, I was surprised at how few of them were actually made. Giovanni Parrilla [note the second “r” in his name compared to the bike] first displayed his single cylinder creation in 1946, and his small displacement machines found success on both road and track until the rise of the Japanese two-strokes made Parilla’s jewel-like singles obsolete.

1962 Moto Parilla 250 GS Engine Detail

The Grand Sport featured here was powered by Parilla’s “high-cam” engine. Valves were actuated by short pushrods enclosed in rubber boots [see above photo] and a cam set high in the block, and this allowed relatively high revs for a pushrod engine. It also allowed the head to be removed without disturbing the ignition timing. Most countries were happy with the 175cc version but, as always, Americans clamored for more power, so the engine was enlarged to 250cc’s.

1962 Moto Parilla 250 GS R Bar

From the original eBay listing: 1962 Moto Parilla Grand Sport for Sale

From the vintage Italian motorcyle museum of Mr. Guy Webster. This bike is in beautiful museum display condition. It has not been started in years but the motor was rebuilt about 15 years ago when the bike was restored. Despite being restored much of the bike is original unrestored as the bike was already in excellent condition. The motor turns freely and with good compression. 

This bike was one of the key exhibits in the “Art of the Motorcycle” Guggenheim exhibit as can be documented in the photo of the display card. This display document will also go with the bike upon it sale. 

1962 Moto Parilla 250 GS Rear Suspension

That the bike has been beautifully restored, was owned by Guy Webster, and was the exact bike shown the famous Art of the Motorcycle exhibit all count in the “plus” column, although the fact that it is really in display-only condition for me personally counts in the “minus” column. But given this bike’s distinctive looks and history, this would make an excellent addition to the collection of anyone fascinated by small-displacement sports machines.

-tad

1962 Moto Parilla 250 GS R Front

 

 

1962 Norton Custom Isolastic Featherbed

Looking for a race ready street legal British bike with lots of cool upgrades for handling and power? Hey, me too. Have a soft spot for Norton engines sitting in Featherbed frames? Hey me too. Have lots of money to spend on a vintage bike that’s built the way you would have built it? Yeah, me neither. A guy can dream though.

Norton Featherbed For Sale

This is one of those bikes that always made me wonder something until I did it myself. For years I always wondered, why spend all the time, money and effort to build your dream bike to just turn around and sell it? Well, I built a very nice custom CB400f once, It took me a long time because I was short on budget and long on wants. Once I got it close to done I began to ride it. At some point I realized it would never really be “done” and so much time had passed I wanted something completely different now. I sold the bike for a fair price but still came out as little bit of a loss. Then I started building a KZ1000 but before that got done I started building a Ducati 250 bevel drive. Maybe that’s what happened here. Somebody has a custom frame built and spends countless hours scouring the internet for the perfect era correct parts and then puts together his dream bike only to find out its not his dream bike anymore.

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Anyway, the buyer of my CB400f got a neat cafe racer for half of what it would cost him to build one and you might be able to buy this Norton for half of what it would cost you to build it. Building motorcycles is nothing like I see on TV where parts magically show up at your door and fit together perfectly the first time. Engines rarely start on the first try. I also find there’s at least one purchase that you have second thoughts about and you spent to much on so it just goes on a shelf waiting to be repurposed someday. Who ever cleans my attic when I’m gone is gonna be stoked. Alright, I’ll get to the point. My point is, if you would like to fast forward threw all the headaches and bad purchases of building a bike buy this one. It’s done, and ready to ride. No crying over midnight eBay parts purchasing or nothing. Turn key and go ride.

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Here’s the sellers long list of stuff and things.

FRESH- NORTON COMMANDO 750 SHORT STROKE IN  A  ISOLASTIC FEATHERBED FRAME, ONE OF A KIND, AND ALL PARTS ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST, BORRANI,BREMBO , GRIMICA, TOMMASELLI, DUNSTALL, GIRLING DUCATI CUSH DRIVE HUB AND SWINGARM ECT,ECT. EVERYTHING IS FRESHLY POLISHED,PAINTED, REBUILT ECT.  BIKE WAS BUILT BY THE BEST NORTON GUY IN THE BUSINESS. BELOW ARE THE SPECS, ON THE BIKE, ALSO INCLUDING A HALF FAIRING WHICH I WILL SEND PHOTOS IF SOMEONE IS VERY INTERESTED.THIS BIKE CAN BE VIEWED ANYTIME IN LAS VEGAS, ALSO FOR SALE LOCALLY AND MAY END AUCTION IF IT SELLS. GOOD LUCK BIDDING.

LIST OF SPECIAL ITEMS:

ENGINE

770CC SHORT STROKE, 78MM BORE X 80.5 MM STROKE WITH CUSTOM MADE TITANIUM RODS, ARAIS SLIPPER PISTONS, SPECIAL LITE STEEL FLYWHEEL, BALANCED BY LINDSKOG BALANCING IN FOXBOROUGH, MASS. (THEY DID ALL THE WORK FOR THE BUTLER AND SMITH BMW’S IN THE 70S AND 80S.  CAM IS A NORRIS RADIUS LIFTER TYPE USING SPECIAL TAPPET BLOCKS INSERTED INTO BARRELL WHERE STOCK LIFTERS SIT.  BLOCKS ARE MADE OF AMPCO 45 MATERIAL AND TAKE SPECIAL CUSTOM ONE PIECE LIFTERS TO FIT INTO BLOCKS MADE FROM P20 OR H13 TOOL STEEL (CAN’T REMEMBER WHICH TYPE MATERIAL) THEY HAVE STELLITTE WELDED TO BOTTOMS AND RADIUSED, NOT BRAZED ON PADS.

CARBS ARE 36MM MK2 AMALS WITH CUSTOM MADE VELICITY STACK ON SPECIAL MADE STEEL MANIFLOWS.  TOMMASELLI.QUICK THROTTLE.  HAS CABLE OPERATED CHOKES FOR EASIER STARTING.

GEARBOX

HAS A NEW CLOSE RATIO 4 SPEED GEAR CLUSTER.  HAS A QUAIFE GEARBOX SHELL WITH NEW BEARINGS.  20T SPROCKET.  CLUTCH IS A NEW BARNETT.  PRIMARY DRIVE IS BY CHAIN.

ALL NEW CABLES.

INSTRUMENTS WERE REBUILT.

HAS NEW BOYER IGNITION AND BOYER POWER BOX, FULL LIGHTING AND HORN.

FRAME

NORTON SLIMLINE FEATHERBED, MODIFIED TO ACCEPT AN ISOLASTIC CRADLE.  ISOLATED CONCEPT IS THE SAME AS A COMMANDO.  HAS A SPECIAL MADE CHROME-MOLY SWINGARM TO CLEAR SUB-FRAME.  MADE  LIKE A DUCATI AND SEELY OF THE 70’S.  HAS A SPECIAL ISOLISTIC HEAD STEADY, LIKE A NORTON PRODUCTION RACER. FRONT DOUBLE DISC IS A DUNSTALL AND REAR WHEEL IS A TRIUMPH WITH A SPECIAL CUSH DRIVE.  ALL DISCS ARE MATCHING IN SIZE AND SHAPE.  LOTS OF STAINLESS THROUGHOUT.  ALL THE FIBER GLASS WORK IS ONE OFF.  EXHAUST IS SPECIAL TUCKIN TYPE  WITH STOCK MUFFLERS, FOOTPEGS, BRAKE PEDAL AND SIDE PLATES ARE ALL SPECIAL MADE CLIP ONS ARE MOTO GUZZI LEMANS.

Now, click, buy and ride.

~Buck

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When you think Sport Touring does 50cc come to mind? 1962 DUCATI SPORT 48

1962 Ducati For Sale

Well if it does, you’re a friend of mine. For a short period of time Ducati insisted that small cc two strokes were the basket that all the eggs should go in. They weren’t right for the long term but for awhile two strokes kept them afloat. The Sport was imported to the US as the Falcon. They are a rare find in any condition and one that’s all original in this kind of condition could set some kind of record for most money paid per cc or something. There are claims that it will go more mph than it has cc’s, can your 1000cc do that? Aside from being rare they are so simple and so aesthetically appealing that they can be a pretty neat addition to any collection.

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Seller’s words:

1962 DUCATI SPORT 48. Completely original and in good running and riding condition. 48cc. 2 stroke. 3 speed. Maker’s claim 50mph (downhill with a slight tail wind??).

    Hard to find. Interesting addition to any serious Ducati collection. It was my intention to restore it but it has great patina as is and I would recommend leaving it alone.  It is a duplicate in my collection so I have put a fair reserve price.

    Sold with BILL OF SALE ONLY. eBay does not show a “bill of sale” category in the listing so I have put “clear title”. I repeat: this bike is  SOLD WITH BILL OF SALE ONLY. Please check the registration requirements in your state before bidding. This bike cannot be exported until a title is obtained.

    You are welcome to visit in Tarzana (San Fernando Valley part of Los Angeles).

    Speedo reads 6960 kms but this may not be the original mileage.

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OK, but does it have a title? Haha, I like how there are so many annoying people out there that sellers have to write in all caps to get their point across. Oh wait, I don’t like that but it is kinda funny. Do yourself a favor and check this auction out.

~Buck

Wish upon a Gold Star 1962 BSA Gold Star Catalina

In 1937 Wal Handley came out of retirement to ride a three-lap race for BSA at Brooklands. (A track I’ve been too that is pretty much gone but it has a neat museum there now.) This was unusual in itself, as BSA had taken no involvement in road racing since the disastrous 1921 Senior TT when all the machines entered failed to finish. Winning the race, with a fastest lap of 107.5 mph, Wal earned himself the Gold Star (awarded for race laps in excess of 100 mph) and with it launched the Gold Star marque.

As I understand it the Gold Star was made up the best components BSA was making at the time. They were a Factory made race ready bike. Because of the manufacturing techniques of the era some pieces would be close to perfect and some pieces would just barely meet specs. Parts like cases and cranks. BSA would check these parts as they assembled the bikes and put the cream of the crop in the Gold Stars. That’s not the only thing that set them apart from their standard bikes. They came with Alloy Barrels and Cylinder heads. Out of the box these bikes would go 90mph, pretty good for it’s day. By the time they got to 1955 the bikes were pretty much perfected and became something you would order and not see at a dealership. The later ones have really low production numbers and can bring a pretty hefty value.

Read closely and ask questions… From the seller:

Restoration is almost complete on this rare and collectible BSA Gold Star, the best bike BSA has ever built. The engine and transmission, wheels, frame, and components have been totally and professionally restored. Over $6,800 spent on parts and labor, not including the cost of the bike. Cases vapor blasted, frame coated. New parts include seat, handle bars, levers, lots of stainless hardware and components. All parts included in the sale are pictured. you’ll need a tank, pipes, and ignition. Most of the parts are here and the decision is yours – finish it as a scrambler, Gold Star cafe, custom cafe, flat track, your imagination is the limit. the hard work is already done… Forced sale, this motorcycle is one of my prized possessions and it has been in a climate controlled environment. Located in San Francisco, California. No title, sold with a bill of sale.

No title and missing some key pieces like the tank makes for the possibility of a fair price buy in on this project. If you’ve always wanted to dominate the competition on the vintage race track or just have a very uniques investment this bike is for you. These come up for sale very rarely so it’s hard to put an exact value on it. The Nada Guide has a perfect one valued at $15k. This auction will prove or disprove Nada’s accuracy.  Since “the holy grail” is used to describe certain bikes I hesitate to say this is the Holy Grail of classic sport bikes but I might say it’s the holy grail of the BSA’s.

~Buck

1962 BMW R69S Rennsport Replica

Whenever you see Rennsport attached to a BMW motorcycle you are supposed to remember BMW’s great racing history. Though this history is mostly before 1939 with the RS54 and achieved using supercharged engines, it is there and it does inspire BMW owners like myself.

The R69S was the Sport model from 1955-1969. It came from the factory with a sportier cam and high domed “Hemi” pistons, which gave it a 9.5 CR and 42 hp.

From the seller

  1962 BMW R69S Rennsport Replika, A Perry Bushong Rennsport replika based on a 1962 R69S evocative of the 1954 race bike built very limited numbers for racing.

The tank is larger then stock and made by Ernst Hoske. If you search long and hard you can also , or even find the Hoske name on mufflers, oil pan extensions and (on my personal wish list), Hoske wheels.

The Tachometer is also an upgrade that many BMW riders look for and are being reproduced so they are less difficult to find. The front wheel appears to be from a Suzuki GT750, a heavy but affordable four leading shoe brake. Along with the rear-sets the 4LS is a requirement to be a  racing replicas. Carburetion is upgraded from the 26mm Bing’s with what appear to be Dellorto or Keirn with air-pods, but not the sexy velocity stacks. Displacement from the factory was 72mm x 73mm for 594cc, so I am not sure that the quoted 690cc is accurate. There were big bore kits available, but they bumped the motor up to 750cc.

The asking price of $27,995 is high, but the text leaves it open to whether the bike is for sale or not.  BB

This bike is 1 of 1 built in a series of 11 replikas built, no two were identical. This replika is full of goodies, was owned by two very good Bob’s customer’s and recently acquired by Bob. Bob has not yet decided if it is for sale but inquiries and offers will be considered. The bike can be seen by appointment.