No Reserve: 1959 Heinkel Tourist 103-A1

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This 1959 Heinkel Tourist 103-A1 was purchased by the seller two years ago from the family of the second owner, who acquired it from a Las Vegas auction house in 1961. 
The 175cc 4-stroke single is paired with a 4-speed transmission, and a cosmetic refresh performed by the seller included touched-up paint, polished trim, and a recovered seat. Mechanical work consisted of a valve job, new piston rings, a carburetor rebuild, electronic ignition upgrade, new brakes pads, and Teflon control cables. This Heinkel scooter is sold with the owner’s manual, a reprint of the parts book, service manual, a spare tire cover, period aftermarket windscreen, and a clean Massachusetts title in the seller’s name. The Heinkel Tourist was produced by aircraft manufacturer Ernst Heinkel AG and offered improved aerodynamics and rider protection. Finished in Goldoliv with black trim, this bike is one of about 200 A1 models that were imported to the US. It was stored for several years in a wood shop where a layer of sawdust reportedly covered the factory paint. Dings and scratches are visible, and the seller repainted the leg shield and wheels. A USB port was also added in an existing hole through the bodywork. The cast aluminum floorboard was bead blasted, and the aluminum bumpers and levers polished. The seat was reupholstered with new foam and a cover supplied by the Heinkel Club of Germany. Several rubber gaskets were replaced and three new Continental tires with fresh tubes installed. A walk-around video with the engine idling is included above. The speedometer indicates just under 11k miles and is believed to be correct. The control cables were upgraded with Teflon items that do not require lubrication. Both the grips and the rear view mirror were also replaced. The 175cc 4-stroke single is equipped with a Dynastart electric starter and a 4-speed transmission. Access to the the engine and gas tank is provided under the seat, but the entire rear section is removable for any major work. The gas tank was cleaned and sealed with KBS tank sealer, and a new fuel tap was added. The engine was refurbished with a valve job, cylinder hone, new piston rings, a rebuilt carburetor, new motor mounts, and an electronic ignition upgrade. The front shock absorber, brake light switch, and brake pads were also replaced. Recent maintenance included adjustment of the shift cable. All work was performed by the seller, a marque specialist who has won a number of awards with other Heinkels. The original owner’s manual and reprints of both the parts book and service manual will be included along with the spare tire cover, the removed points plate, and a period aftermarket windscreen. Parts support can reportedly found from the Heinkel clubs of Germany and the UK. Two riding videos are attached below.

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.

No Reserve: 1949 Gilera 125 Turismo

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This 1949 Gilera 125 Turismo comes from the first year of the model’s production and is powered by a 125cc 4-stroke single paired with a 4-speed gearbox. It features a Girder fork and Borrani rims, as well as a solo saddle and rear luggage rack. The bike has resided in the seller’s private collection for the past 13 years and was recently serviced in preparation for the auction. This Gilera is now being offered at no reserve out of Indianapolis, Indiana with a bill of sale. Bodywork includes a full set of fenders and red fuel tank with the chrome “fish-eye” Gilera logo. The battery resides underneath the saddle, though it is removed in photos. A Girder fork is utilized up front along with a swing arm in the rear, and friction dampers are fitted at each end. Borrani aluminum rims are laced to twin-shoe aluminum drums, and the tires are reportedly older with signs of cracking. The air-cooled 125cc OHV single is a 4-stroke engine and stressed-member of the frame. The 4-speed gearbox is shifted on the right side, and induction is through a single Dellorto carburetor. A video of the bike running can be viewed below.

1956 BMW R69

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This 1956 BMW R69 was originally purchased from Max Restle BMW in Biberach, Germany, and was acquired by the seller from Iowa six years ago in poor condition. A restoration was subsequently performed with fresh paint, chrome, and a total rebuild mechanical components, including the matching-numbers 594cc twin, 4-speed transmission, and final drive. The odometer has been set to zero, and no miles have been added since the rebuild. This R69 is sold with transferable New York  registration in the seller’s name. Originally finished in black, the bike was repainted Dover White as part of the refurbishment. The frame, forks, and swingarms were stripped to bare metal, primed with a zinc coating, and powder coated. Pin striping was applied by Mark Weld, who also restored the original dealer plate mounted to the front fender. The Earles fork and rear swingarm have been reconditioned with new pivot bearings, and the hubs have been properly shimmed with new pre-loaded wheel bearings. Early-production wheel hubs feature a single cross-spoke pattern and 18″ deep-shouldered Weinmann aluminum rims which wear new Heidenau “C” block tires. The R69 offered a manual ignition advance mounted to the clutch perch and a steering damper in the center of the headset. Accessories include a Denfeld solo seat, Hella bar end signals, Albert headlight mirrors, and a chrome headlight guard. Control cables and the wiring harness were replaced, and the headlight shell is said to be the correct dished variant used only on the R69. The reverse sweep VDO speedometer has been rebuilt and the odometer zeroed. No miles have been added since the restoration. Power comes from a 594cc horizontally-opposed twin with a 4-speed transmission. The engine, transmission, and final drive were disassembled and the cases bead blasted before a high-temperature clear coat was applied. The crankshaft was rebuilt by Chris Chambers and the cylinders bored to 73mm, second over with new Kolbenschmidt pistons. Bearings, seals, and gaskets were replaced, including the spherical rear crankshaft bearing. Mechanical components were reportedly rebuilt to factory specifications with NOS or rebuilt original parts when possible, and hardware is said to retain its factory markings. Matching engine and chassis numbers can be found in the gallery, while further details and photos of the restoration are available here. The bike is sold with transferable New York registration, as the state does not require titles for older vehicles.

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.