Rare Oakland-Built Streamliner: 1947 Salsbury Model 85 Scooter

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This 1947 Salsbury Model 85 Scooter is only the second featured on BaT, and is claimed to be a “quite respectable” restoration if not a 100-point job. Blending a CVT transmission, easy-to-use foot pedals and distinct styling, the Model 85 (offered in Standard and DeLuxe trims) was intended to be a legitimate substitute for a car. Rare anywhere with less than 1,000 made, this particular Model 85 is said to run nicely and be a joy to ride. Find it here on Craigslist in New Rochelle, New York for $8,500. Special thanks to BaT reader Avi F. for this submission. Salsbury scooters debuted in 1936 and were originally produced out of a plumbing shop in Oakland, California. With a 1.5 HP Johnson engine and continuously variable transmission, riding was easy but progress slow. With the introduction of this Model 85 in 1946, long flowing lines and an aerodynamically inspired design joined a larger engine, the same CVT transmission and foot pedals to create an inexpensive alternative to second-car ownership. Sheet metal and paint look excellent on this example, the white lettering and Salsbury logo provide some visual pop, and we’re guessing that the seat and bumper guard have been redone. The scooter’s great lines join together nicely at the rear forming “ample” locking storage. The ad notes that “all of the electronics work as they should” which we assume means the head and taillights are functional. The speedo appears to be a newer Auto Meter piece rather than the original unit. Interestingly, the ignition switch is only used to turn the scooter off; a kick starter brings it to life. Unique for the time, Salsbury used foot pedals instead of hand controls. This was done to ease the transition between car and scooter and make riding on two wheels more familiar. While not shown in the ad, the gas pedal connects to a ~6.5 HP four-stroke air-cooled 320cc single that’s said to run nicely thanks to a recent service, new engine mounts, drive belt, cables and a cleaned carburetor. Reportedly good for ~50 MPH, a Model 8 could make a really cool pit bike or around-town errand runner.

1966 BMW R27

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This 1966 BMW R27 is powered by a matching-numbers 247cc single paired with a 4-speed transmission and reportedly received a mechanical refurbishment from BMW specialist Bench Mark Works. The bike is said to remain largely stock aside from a Mikuni carburetor, which was recently cleaned along with installation of a fresh battery. This R27 was purchased in 2011 by the seller, who has since kept it as part of a large collection and ridden it only 20 miles. It is sold with a clean Indiana title in the seller’s name. The tank and fenders are finished in traditional black with white pin striping and show signs of age-related wear. A dent is pictured on the top of the rear fender as well as paint loss on the headlight shell. Features include a Pagusa sprung saddle seat, tank-top tool box, and frame-mounted air pump. The front suspension is an Earles fork leading-link swingarm setup, while the rear uses a traditional swingarm that incorporates the enclosed driveshaft. Braking is from drums at both ends. The 247cc overhead-valve single was rated at 18 horsepower in stock form and is paired with a 4-speed transmission. The engine is rubber-mounted to reduce vibration and induction is from an aftermarket Mikuni carburetor. A mechanical refurbishment was reportedly carried out by BMW specialist Bench Mark Works, while more recent maintenance performed by the seller’s personal mechanic included a new battery and carburetor cleaning. Chassis number 383018 is shown on the data plate above, and matches the engine stamping in the gallery below. No service records are available.

1961 Benelli 50cc Racing Bike

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This 1961 Benelli is believed to be one of four factory bikes constructed for the 1962 50cc World Championship and the Isle of Man TT race. Power is provided by a 50cc 2-stroke single mated to a 4-speed transmission. Unfortunately the bikes were eventually to prove uncompetitive in racing, and this example passed through the hands of several prominent collectors before being purchased by the seller six years ago. It was featured on BaT in early 2012, and the seller has used it primarily for display purposes. This Benelli racer is now being offered on a bill of sale out of Indianapolis, Indiana. The Benelli 50cc race bikes featured specially-constructed frames but used stock moped forks and wheels. The steering head was sourced from Campagnolo bicycle parts, and fiberglass fairings were added. The early race history is unknown, but this example shows paint chips and stress cracks in the fairings consistent with competition use. The windscreen is broken, but the seller can provide the missing piece. Clip-on handle bars are equipped, and shifting is accomplished by a moped-style left hand twist grip. No instrumentation is provided, and stock triple clamp retains the perch for handlebars. The fuel tank is reported to be the original steel item. The 50cc 2-stroke single was capable of 10,000 rpm and is linked to a 4-speed transmission. Performance modifications consist of improved porting, megaphone exhaust, and a larger Dell’Orto UA 17 S carburetor with velocity stack. Cooling slots have been cut in the magneto cover. Gearing is for the track with a 27-tooth rear sprocket and a 13-tooth front sprocket, which gives it a 9.09 to 1 ratio good for speeds up to 75 mph. The unusual 2.25 rear tire is the same as fitted to the race bikes in period, and the megaphone exhaust is reported to add power as well as decibels.

1954 Matchless G80S

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This 1954 Matchless G80S was purchased by the seller six years ago in Nashville, Tennessee from country music performer Keith Urban and shows just under 23k miles. The bike is powered by a 498cc single equipped with a Keihin carburetor and coupled to a 4-speed transmission with right-side shifting. A service in 2016 included an oil change, chain adjustment, carburetor tuning, and ignition timing adjustment. Approximately 400 miles have been added since 2012. This Matchless is offered with a clean Tennessee title in the seller’s name. The motorcycle is finished with black fenders and a chromed fuel tank with dark green accents. Features include a sprung saddle seat, passenger pillion, “pedestrian slicer” front plate mount, and accessory fire extinguisher mounted on the down tube. Suspension consists of teledraulic forks up front and a swingarm rear end with “jam pot” shock absorbers. A compression release lever can be seen near the left grip and accessory turn signals have been added to the headlight ears. The reverse-sweep Smiths Chronometric speedometer shows just under 23k miles. The seller mentions that the headlight low beam is not working. The 498cc single originally produced 23 horsepower and is linked to a Burman 4-speed gearbox. A Keihin carburetor has been substituted for the original Amal unit. A 2016 service reportedly included an oil change, fresh grease, chain lubrication and adjustment, carburetor tuning, and ignition timing. The seller has performed maintenance personally under his ownership, and no service records are available. The dry-sump lubrication system features a separate oil tank mounted under the seat, and the transmission is shifted on the right side. The seller recommends having the magneto brushes cleaned and basic maintenance performed but reports that the bike runs well and is ready to be ridden.

BaT Auction Success Story: 1942 Zundapp KS750 Project

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This just in from the buyer of the 1942 Zundapp KS750 Project that was listed on BaT Auctions 12/22/17 (link): “The project has been now fully restored. I have rebuilt both engine and transmission and it has been great fun: the previous owner was already planning to restore the engine and he purchased a lot of parts. I found the remaining parts in Germany, Peter Hommes has everything for both Zundapp KS 750 and BMW R75. The bike is now fully functional, starts at the first attempt and drives up to 45 mph. Both gear box and differential locking mechanism are working perfectly. I have added few accessories: a 20L fuel tank, the lateral support for the MG34, mess kit, a shovel, an air pump, a leather bag of the German Officers with compass and maps that I purchased in Russia, the spare barrel of the MG with its canister, a gas mask with its canister etc. To avoid issues with paper and authorization, I decided to buy a replica MG42, same weight and shape of the original: you can see it on the lateral support.  I have installed the wood inside the sidecar and the original cover  together with a new seat: I kept the original as it is an amazing piece of history. I have also assembled the spare engine (an empty box) and it is now sitting in my living room. A very nice display. Thanks to BaT for this unique piece of history and amazing German engineering.    Regards, Gianluca L. @giasci“  

1972 Triumph Daytona T100R 500cc

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This 1972 Triumph Daytona T100R is said to have remained with its first owner for 30 years before its restoration by friend of the seller, from whom it was purchased three years ago. The bike is powered by a 490cc parallel twin coupled to a 4-speed transmission, and fewer than 200 of its 10k indicated miles have been added since 2015. This Daytona is sold with a tool roll, owner’s booklet, restoration receipts, and transferable Maine registration. The bike features a 2.75-gallon tank, US-spec handlebars, and ventilated twin leading shoe front brakes. The tank and fenders were refinished in cherry red with white accents, the chrome was replated, the seat was reupholstered, and rubber parts were replaced. Rebuilt chrome wire wheels wear Dunlop K70 tires. The Daytona offered rubber-mounted dual instrumentation with warning lights located in the headlight shell, and the turn signal stalks appear to have been shortened on this example. The odometer reads just under 10,500 miles. Many NOS Triumph parts were reportedly used during the rebuild. The air-cooled 490cc parallel twin produced 41 horsepower when new and is linked to a 4-speed transmission shifted from the right side. The engine and transmission were rebuilt as part of the restoration and dual 26mm Amal concentric carburetors were fitted. Records from the previous owner’s work are included along with more recent service receipts. The bike is sold with transferable Maine registration, as the state does not require titles for vehicles of this age.

1935 Indian Dispatch Tow

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This 1935 Indian Dispatch Tow is an unusual factory-built 3-wheeled motorcycle powered by its original 45ci V-twin coupled to a 3-speed hand-shifted transmission. The bike was reportedly restored in the 1990s by a museum located in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York, where it was subsequently displayed as well as occasionally ridden. Purchased by the seller in 2013, it was recommissioned by a marque specialist in Florida and has since been ridden an estimated 50 miles. Recent service included an oil change and battery replacement. This Indian won its class at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in 2017 and is being sold to create space in a growing collection. It is offered with a clean Florida title in the seller’s name. The Dispatch Tow was designed as a service vehicle primarily for auto dealerships and repair shops, where a single employee could pick up or deliver a car for servicing by attaching the bike to the bumper and thereby have a vehicle for the return trip. This example was reportedly restored for a museum in the 1990s and is finished in blue with an Indian head tank decal and gold pin striping. Indian motorcycles of the period featured a left-hand throttle and right-hand shift lever, though many including this example were converted for ease of operation. Simple amenities include a sprung leather seat and Indian grips on the painted handlebars. No speedometer is equipped, but the seller estimates 50 miles have been added under his ownership. The rear box is constructed of sheet metal over a wood frame and designed to offer storage for tools. The lid was upholstered for use by the occasional passenger. The fork-mounted folding tow bar could clamp to an automobile bumper for transport to and from a service location. Detailed photos are provided to show wiring, plumbing, and finishes throughout. The matching-numbers 45ci V-twin is paired with a 3-speed transmission. The clutch is operated by the left foot and gear selection by the left hand. The motorcycle received an oil change and a new battery in 2017, and the seller will provide service records from his 6-year ownership.

No Reserve: 1970 Honda CT70 Trail

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This 1970 Honda CT70 Trail was acquired by the seller about 12 years ago from a local owner, who had used it to travel up and down his long driveway to get the mail. A refurbishment was then conducted by the seller, including a color change to metallic green and powder coating the wheels and engine side covers. The 72cc 4-stroke engine was also rebuilt, and the 3-speed transmission received a new clutch pack. The odometer now shows just under 3k miles, and the bike is being offered at no reserve out of Mansfield, Texas on a bill of sale. The frame was a faded blue color when the seller acquired the bike. It was subsequently stripped and refinished in its current metallic green. Note the Honda information labels affixed to either side of the upper frame. The seat upholstery was redone using black vinyl with white Honda lettering on the back. The wheels were powder coated silver and currently wear a set of Bridgestone 4.00-10 tires. A walk-around video can be viewed above. Approximately 2,941 miles are shown on the factory Nippon Seiki odometer. The seller states that the horn button is missing, and the folding twist-lock handlebars can be seen in gallery photos. The 72cc 4-stroke single was rebuilt by the seller using a stock diameter piston, as well as new rings and valves. The 3-speed transmission was fitted with a new clutch pack during the engine rebuild. The engine side covers were also powder coated silver. Photos of the included body decals and warning labels can be seen in the gallery along with detailed shots of the body and chrome trim. A video of the bike running can be viewed below.

2014 Triumph Bonneville T100 Black Custom

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This 2014 Triumph T100 Bonneville was purchased new from Polaris West in Katy, Texas and immediately customized by the seller as a scrambler/street tracker. Modifications include narrow bars with custom grips, leather seat, a bobbed rear fender, LED tail light, and all terrain tires. Currently showing 1296 miles, power comes from an air cooled 865cc parallel twin with a 5-speed manual transmission. All work has been performed by the dealer with the most recent service 2 months ago. This Bonneville is now sold with the owner’s books, all removed stock parts, an Auto Check report, and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name. The Bonneville T100 Black is a special edition of the Bonneville finished in black with black engine cases, rims, and handlebars. The seat has been reupholstered in tan leather and tailored to match the factory stitching pattern. The front fender wears a pedestrian slicer front plate that has been painted with chalk board paint. The seller reports the bike has never been dropped and has always been stored indoors. The handlebars were replaced with narrower Flanders Clubman’s bars with Posh natural rubber barrel grips. The headlight shell was painted black and the mirrors, front turn signals, and tachometer were removed. The odometer currently reads 1296 miles. The rear fender has been replaced with a bobbed item wearing a smaller Bates LED tail light. The rear turn signals were also removed and replaced with smaller lights that fit inside the frame tube ends. The license plate has been relocated and is now affixed to the left shock absorber. The tires were replaced with Heidenau 110/80-19 and 130/80-17 all terrain tires. Powered by an air cooled 865cc fuel injected parallel twin coupled to a 5-speed transmission. The factory air injection has been removed, an OEM Triumph scrambler skid plate added, and the mufflers have been replaced with Sleeper Silencers from British Customs. The factory chalk and paint pen markings are still present and all scheduled services have been performed by the dealer with authentic factory parts. The most recent service was performed on 5/18. All removed stock pieces are included as are the extra keys, owner’s books, sales brochures, and service records. The Autocheck report shows no accidents or issues.