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“  

Custom 2014 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic

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This 2014 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic with a Bushtec trailer was purchased new by the seller’s uncle and ridden 890 miles before undergoing customization by the dealer to resemble a military transport. Powered by a 103ci V-twin coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission, the 1K-mile service was performed one year ago and although in storage for the last year, a battery tender was attached and the engine was regularly started. Features include linked brakes, navigation, cruise control, and Rinehart slip on mufflers. Currently showing only 985 miles, the seller believes that the bike will require 7500 miles before it can be registered if sold to California. This Harley-Davidson is sold with all service records, receipts for the custom work, and a clean Utah title in the name of the seller’s uncle. Repainted to a high standard in matte finish olive drab with stenciled military markings, the build was inspired by the WWII era Harley-Davidson WLA models. Virtually all of the chrome has been painted in matte finishes and the hardware has been replaced with un-plated items. The wheels have been replaced with disc wheels on the rear and a spoked wire wheel on the front. The trailer is a Bushtec Roadstar that has been modified with matching olive drab paint and a storage rack. Military accessories consist of an ammunition case, jerry can, shovel, and canvas satchels. The handle bars and fuel tank trim have also been de-chromed and features include an AM/FM stereo, navigation, cruise control, and linked brakes. Full instrumentation is provided and all gauges and controls are functional. The odometer currently shows 985 miles. Power comes from a water and air cooled 103 cubic inch V-twin paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. the exhaust has been painted black with a high temperature coating and features Rinehart slip on mufflers. Service records as well as receipts for the build are available.  

1965 BMW R69S

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This 1965 BMW R69S is equipped with a Denfeld solo saddle and an accessory 3-gauge headlight nacelle. It underwent a restoration at Bench Mark Works in Sturgis, Mississippi in 2010 and has resided in the seller’s private collection for past seven years. Power comes from the numbers-matching 594cc boxer-twin, which is paired with a 4-speed gearbox. Approximately 50 kilometers have been added since the work was completed, and the bike is now being offered with a clear Indiana title. Factory equipment for the R69S includes an Earles fork, friction damper, and frame lugs for mounting a sidecar. A few imperfections are present in the black finish, most notably on the hinged rear fender, tail lamp, and around the ignition switch. Polished aluminum rims are laced to front and rear 200mm drum brakes. A set of Avon tires are currently mounted. Originally designed and sold by Rauch, an aftermarket German accessory company, the modified headlight bucket features provisions for a tachometer, as well as a single 2 1/16″ gauge and the factory speedometer. 3,151 kilometers (1,958 miles) are currently shown on the odometer. The air-cooled 594cc flat-twin was rated by the factory at 42 hp in “S” trim and received a rebuild, including new oil slingers during the 2010 restoration. It is paired to a 4-speed manual gearbox and sends power to rear wheel through a dry clutch, driveshaft, and a bevel rear. The chassis plate can be seen above, indicating the original engine to be #660332. The matching stamping is located on the engine case above the right-side cylinder as shown in the gallery below, confirming originality.

1974 Baldi Frog

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This 1974 Baldi Frog is a super-compact city car built between 1973 and 1975. 300 were produced over the production run, and this example was sold new at a Willams dealership near the French and Belgian border as a Quadricycle. Power is provided by a 125cc single cylinder engine which sends power to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual with reverse gear. The car is offered by the selling dealer with the original manual, bill of sale and a French registration. These were built in San Remo, Italy by G.A.M.C. Baldi. The fiberglass bodywork is finished in white contrasted by black trim, door hinges and a black rolling sunroof. Photos of the sunroof in the fully closed position are provided in the gallery. The steel wheels are fitted with polished wheel covers. Overall length is 85″, or approximately 20″ shorter than a Fiat 500. The interior is finished in black with a full-width bench seat and carpets. The interior door panels are uncovered and finished in the white exterior color. The spartan dash carries just a single speedometer gauge and an array of unlabeled warning lights. 780 kilometers (~485 miles) are shown on the mechanical odometer. The car is powered by a 125cc BCB single-cylinder engine paired to a 4-speed manual transmission with reverse. Other Baldi Frog variants were available with engines as large as 595cc. No service documentation is available. Some chassis components are shared with the original Fiat 500, including the transverse leaf spring front suspension. The original bill of sale and a copy of the user manual are provided in the gallery. The car sold new at a Lambretta dealer for 13,500 Francs after taxes. A startup and walkaround video is viewable below.

1987 Baker Formula One Sidecar

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This 1987 Baker Formula One is a sidecar racer that reportedly placed second at the 1989 Isle of Man TT, holds seven US national sidecar titles, and has achieved four FIM World and two AMA National land speed records. The seller purchased it five years ago and installed an electric motor for successful land speed record attempts at Bonneville as well as the Colorado and Ohio miles. The electric motor has since been removed and a race-prepared Suzuki GSXR 1000 engine and 6-speed transmission will be included along with a bodywork mold, extra wheels, and a North Carolina bill of sale. The fiberglass bodywork has been painted several times and is currently finished in Viper Competition Yellow. The seller notes that many stress cracks are visible but a 2-piece mold will be included for potential reproduction of the bodywork. A carbon fiber tail section was added for solo speed runs. A video is provided of the wind tunnel testing performed before the record attempts. Historic accomplishments include: Second overall at the 1989 Isle of Man Sidecar Races Seven US national sidecar championships (1993-1999) Four FIM world land speed records (110.3 mph) Two AMA US national land speed records (115 mph) ECTA Ohio Mile land speed record (117.8 mph) Colorado Mile land speed record (123.8 mph) Fabricated by veteran sidecar racer Tony Baker, the chassis was designed with thicker than normal steel tubing to withstand the demanding Isle of Man TT course, with its long wheelbase reportedly aiding high-speed stability and aerodynamics. A race-prepared Suzuki GSXR 1000 four is included but not installed. The engine was removed when the sidecar was purchased by the seller and has not been started since. Parts from its previous installation are included, though the seller notes that fabrication work will be required to set up the clutch, shift linkage, and cooling system.

1997 Ducati 916 Biposto

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This 1997 Ducati 916 is powered by a Desmoquattro 90 degree V-twin coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox and utilizes a single-sided swingarm and steel trellis frame. It has been part of the seller’s collection since 2003 and currently shows 20,495 miles. Modifications include an aftermarket set of clip-ons and a pair of carbon fiber silencers. Maintenance performed within the past 100 miles includes a valve adjustment, timing belt service, and replacement of the original clutch. This 916 is now being offered with a clear Indiana title. Designed by Massimo Tamburini and released in 1994, the 916’s styling was a major departure from its predecessor the 888. It would remain in production until 1998 when it was replaced by the 996 and later the 998. This example is equipped with a Biposto tail, and the rear license plate holder and passenger footpegs have been removed. Underneath the fairing is an aluminum subframe, and a chromoly trellis frame finished to match the three-spoke 17″ wheels. The currently-installed Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa tires have approximately 100 miles of use. Base model 916s came equipped with 43mm Showa forks from the factory, and a single Showa shock with rising-rate linkage in the rear. 320mm stainless rotors and a pair of four-piston calipers are fitted up front and handle the majority of the braking. 20,495 miles are shown on the odometer, approximately 10k of which were added by the seller during their 15 years of ownership. Power comes from a liquid-cooled 916cc 90-degree V-twin which sends power through a multi-plate dry clutch and a six-speed gearbox. Desmodromic valve actuation means that the camshafts are responsible for opening and closing each of the 8-valves, and fuel is delivered with a Weber-Marelli fuel injection system. Approximately 100 miles ago, Commonwealth Motorcycles in Louisville, Kentucky changed both timing belts, re-shimmed the valves, replaced the original clutch, changed all fluids, and performed a nut-and-bolt inspection.

1977 Ducati Sport Desmo 500

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This 1977 Ducati Sport Desmo is powered by a 500cc parallel twin coupled with a 5-speed gearbox and was equipped from the factory with a twin down-tube frame, clip-on handlebars, rear sets, and a solo seat. Within the past two years, the bodywork was repainted, and a set of Dunstall silencers were installed along with Metzler tires. The seller has added approximately 30 miles since acquiring the bike in late 2017, during which time he has replaced the battery and changed the fluids. Now showing 14,605 kilometers (~9k miles), this Sport Desmo is being offered with a clean New York title in the seller’s name. The tank, solo seat, and fender were repainted in the original red with a custom center white stripe by the previous owner. A small crack is present on the left-side panel, as is a chip in the paint near the reupholstered seat. Two-year-old Metzler tires are fitted on the Borrani alloy wheels. Triple Brembo discs handle braking, two up front and one out back. A set of chrome Dunstall mufflers have been installed in place of the original Contis, and some pitting is evident on the hardware. 14,605 kilometers (~9k miles) are shown on the Veglia speedometer. The 500cc parallel twin utilizes a 180-degree crank, desmodromic valvetrain, two valves per cylinder, and a 9.6:1 compression ratio. Fuel is delivered with a pair of Dellorto carburetors, which were recently removed and cleaned by the seller. Factory rated output was approximately 50 horsepower when the bike was new.

1955 AJS Model 20

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This 1955 AJS Model 20 is powered by a 498cc parallel-twin and utilizes a Teledraulic fork and rear swing arm. The longterm previous owner reportedly purchased the bike at the age of 16 in Thailand, and eventually relocated it to the US. A refurbishment was performed in the early 2000s, and the seller acquired the bike about three years ago. Within the past two months, a new battery and tires have been installed. This Model 20 is now being offered with a clear Mississippi title in the seller’s name. Associated Motorcycles Limited (AMC) released the AJS Model 20, along with its brand-engineered counterpart the Matchless G9, in 1949. The Model 20 received a chrome fuel tank with blue, black, and gold accents, while multiple components were carried over from AMC’s single cylinder line-up. Some signs of age are present in the brightwork, rubber, and black finish. Original components such as tank badges, jampot rear shocks, and rear-mounted tire pump have been retained. Braking is managed by 7″ drums in the front and rear, and a new set of Avon tires have been installed within the past two months. A 120 mph Smith speedometer is housed in the headlight shell and currently shows 714 miles. Actual mileage is unknown. The air-cooled parallel-twin displaces 498cc and uses overhead valves, an equal-length twin exhaust, and single Amal carburetor. Individual aluminum cylinder heads are utilized with a cast iron cylinder, and the pistons meet the three-bearing crank with a pair of connecting rods made from Hiduminium, an aluminum alloy developed by Rolls Royce. Charging for the 6-volt electric system is managed by a front-mount dynamo, while the ignition system utilizes a magneto mounted behind the cylinders. Behind the pressed steel cover is a chain drive primary and wet clutch, which sends power to the Burman four-speed gearbox. The seller recently cleaned the fuel tank and carburetor and performed a valve adjustment. A few small oil leaks are present.

No Reserve: 1965 Heinkel Tourist 103 A2

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This 1965 Heinkel Tourist 103 A2 was purchased by the seller two years ago from its second owner of 20 years and shows just under 7,700 miles. German aircraft manufacturer Heinkel turned to building desperately-needed ground transportation in the decades following WWII, including cars, motorcycles, and scooters. This example is powered by a 174cc single which benefits from a recent valve adjustment, oil change, and conversion to a single battery, and shifts through a 4-speed manual gearbox. Modifications include a color change performed prior to the seller’s purchase. This Tourist is offered at no reserve with a clean Washington State title. The Tourist was generally regarded as one of the most well-appointed motor scooters produced, and well over 150,000 would leave the factory between 1954 and 1967. This example was repainted by the previous owner in its current red. A brief walk-around video is provided above, while badges and trim are captured in detail in the gallery below. The tubular steel frame is mounted with pressed steel body panels and a solid aluminum floor panel. All but the earliest Tourists featured a push-button ignition and 12-volt electrical system and has been converted to a single battery since the photos have been taken. The electric start system is said to work as it should here along with other accessories, including the headlight, taillight, turn signals, and horn. Pitting is present on the trim ring of the VDO speedometer, which contains an odometer registering just under 7,700 miles. The 174cc OHV four-stroke single drives the rear wheel via a chain housed within the swingarm to prevent oil from coming in contact with the rider. This example was serviced with a valve adjustment and oil change two months ago and has been ridden roughly 100 miles by the seller. An idle demonstration video is shown below.

No Reserve: 1968 BSA 441 Shooting Star

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This 1968 BSA Shooting Star resided in a private collection for approximately 29 years prior to the seller’s acquisition last year. Shortly after purchasing the bike, he installed two new tires, a new battery, and a new Amal carburetor. The charging system was also upgraded with a modern rectifier, and an estimated 80 miles have been added since the work was completed. Power is provided by a 441cc single mated to a four-speed gearbox, and this B44 is now being offered at no reserve with a clean California title in the seller’s name. Finished in Peony Red, the bike features a 4-gallon fuel tank and color-matching side covers. Pitting is evident in the original chrome, and the factory-applied decals and emblems are present. New foam has been installed underneath the seat cover. The fiberglass fuel tank remains uncoated, though the seller has only run the bike on ethanol-free fuel. New Avon Roadmaster tires and tubes were installed on the wire wheels last year. The 441cc OHV single is equipped with a new Amal Concentric carburetor and sends power through a four speed manual gearbox. Stamping B253 is visible on the left side of the engine case, and the seller’s riding video is shown below.