Rare Trike Oddity: 1956 Poirier Voiturette Monoto XW5

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This 1956 Poirier Voiturette Monoto XW5 (chassis 1555) was recently unloaded from a collector in Belgium, making the big trip across the Atlantic just a few months ago. It’s further said to have been taken off the road some ten years ago, but is also reported to have run a few times a year since then. Reportedly, only a few thousand of these were ever produced, filling a niche for cheap, reliable city transportation for average citizens of a recovering post-war France. Find this one here on eBay in Johns Island, South Carolina with reserve not met.

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The patina on this interesting trike is just about perfect, and it’d be ideal to leave it as-is. Apart from the worn olive paint and a few small dings, the tub looks pretty solid, and we can’t seem to spot any heavily rusted areas. A couple of notable features include drum brakes at all three corners and a prominent hand-operated gearshift lever. The windscreen isn’t currently fitted, but fortunately is included.

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The rear jump seat folds up and out of the way to allow access to the 5 HP 125cc Ydral two-stroke single, and outward appearances suggest it should be a dead-simple unit to wrench on. It hasn’t been started since brought over to the US, so current running condition isn’t known.

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A cool period advertisement shows that the trike was equipped for the road with a windshield, mirrors, and warning lights.

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It’s difficult to imagine a more interesting (or geeky) runabout for in-town duties, though a scarf, leather helmet, and goggles would pretty much be mandatory to complete the look.

1935 Sunbeam Model 9

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This 1935 Sunbeam Model 9 was recovered from an Egyptian warehouse in 2005 where it spent decades in storage. The seller acquired this project bike in 2015, and notes that few 1932-35 Model 9s are still known to exist. It is fitted with its factory 493cc engine, a non-original carburetor, Egyptian tires, and a recovered seat. It has been preserved by years in the dry Middle Eastern climate, and is in solid condition with an appropriate patina. Used parts, advice, and technical support are reportedly available through the Marston Sunbeam Club. This Model 9 was running a year ago and is a good candidate for restoration. It is sold with a bill of sale, but no title or other documentation.

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Marston Sunbeam motorcycles were known for their quality and performed well in early TT races on the Isle of Man. Sunbeam motorcycles of this era were used by the British military in the Middle East, and this example is believed to be one of those bikes.

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The motorcycle shows its age with surface rust, particularly on the chrome pieces such as the handlebars and levers. The petrol tank and fenders are believed to have been repainted in lacquer and are in fair condition. The frame and wire wheels still show some original lacquer with chipping and surface rust.

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The Egyptian tires testify to the bike’s past, but the seller recommends replacement if the next over intends to ride it. The seat cover was replaced, though the seat frame is original. The optional tank clock is missing and the ammeter is not working.

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The seller had the bike running a year ago, and rode it for a short time. The engine reportedly performed well, and the non-original carburetor has been sorted. The petrol tank was cleaned, sealed, and internally coated. The magneto was also refurbished, and is said to make good spark. The fuel system, oil system, and brakes are all said to work. The clutch has been adjusted, and new clutch plates are included.

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The seller notes that the lack of a speedometer (the front hub is not machined to accept the speedo drive) is unusual for the model, and suggests that this may be attributed to the military specification.

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The 3-speed AU-style Sunbeam gearbox has been rebuilt and all bearings replaced. It is said to shift smoothly through all the gears, and the starter ratchet mechanism is working. The fitted clutch inspection cover was crafted by a local tinsmith, and the sale includes a cast aluminum replacement cover that has not yet been installed. The dynamo still needs to be installed and though original exhaust valve lifting pin is missing, one has been crafted.

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A broken clutch mechanism is believed to be the reason for its decades long storage. A section of the clutch rod has been sourced from a Triumph 650 and seems to fit. The clutch hub uses a press-fit roller bearing on its outermost point with thread damage where the locking disc screws in. The seller has used a spring to allow the clutch to operate properly. He has located an NOS threaded disc and the bike is now said to shift well through all gears.

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The seller has enjoyed being the caretaker of this bike, but does not have time to complete the restoration and has decided to pass it on. Included in the sale is the rear number plate, an NOS replacement tail light, valve train components, and a number of spares.

No Reserve: 1969 Honda CT Trail 90

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This 1969 Honda CT Trail 90 was given a complete restoration around 2006. The restorer rode the motorcycle long enough to ensure that all systems were working as designed then drained all fluids and mounted it in the window of his Arizona motorcycle restoration shop for display. The current seller purchased it in 2011 and moved it to the San Juan Islands of Washington where it won second place in the motorcycles division of the 2012 San Juan Islands Concours d’Elegance. Since then it has been ridden sparingly on paved roads during the summers, with a full winterization / dewinterization service performed annually. The bike is being offered at no reserve, and the seller is donating all proceeds from the sale to his local animal shelter.

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The body work was performed by Joe Aragon, a motorcycle restoration specialist in Pueblo West, Colorado. The swing arm, luggage rack, battery box, center stand, and chain guard were sandblasted and powder coated satin black. The fork ears, front fender brackets, frame, and gas tank were refinished in “Meadow Green Metallic”, a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck color, and the headlight bucket, down tube cover, and air box assembly were painted in Dupli-color silver. The bike has been ridden on-road only since the restoration and the paint remains clean and free of any notable defects.

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The front seat foam was replaced and a custom double stitched vinyl seat cover was installed. A matching passenger seat pad was also custom built to match the front seat, and aftermarket shocks and springs were installed to allow for two-up riding. New Honda parts were sourced for the mirrors, hand grips, front and rear foot peg rubbers, rubber body plugs, and various grommets, bushings and washers. Most of the cables are no longer available from Honda so used cables were procured from eBay, cleaned and refurbished.

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During the restoration a set of engine side covers from a 1975 CT90 were installed with new gaskets and seals. The muffler was stripped and painted with high temp black paint, and a cleaned and polished heat shield from a later model was installed. The dual range transmission with centrifugal clutch is in good working condition. A new chain was installed in 2009, and the carburetor was rebuilt in 2012. The engine oil is changed yearly, and all maintenance records are available since 2012.

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New oversize IRC street tires in 3.00×17 were installed in 2011 with new tubes and rim strips. The rims were cleaned and polished with new Honda shoes, bearings and seals installed. The front end is from a 1970 Trail 90 and was disassembled and cleaned, with the lower fork tubes polished. The shock was refurbished with new fork seals, oil, and black rubber gaiters. The top triple clamp is from a 1978 Trail 90 which allows the handle bar position to be moved for transport on the rear of a RV.

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An aftermarket solid state rectifier is installed and several eBay wiring harnesses were combined to complete a good working harness. All switches were cleaned or replaced with new bulbs installed. The horn and high beam work but the low beam is not working for some unknown reason. A six volt trickle charger is included.

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The bike is sold on a clear Washington state title. The original 1969 Colorado license plate is included along with a shop manual. This nicely restored Honda is being sold at no reserve, with proceeds going to support a good cause.

NOS Motocompo Scooter Included: 1983 Honda City Turbo II Project

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This 1983 Honda City Turbo II (VIN AA1404773) is an interesting little JDM model with factory flares and graphics, not to mention an optional folding 50cc Motocompo scooter that goes in the trunk. The car itself will need work–it’s not running and has other issues, too–but the little Honda scooter is NOS with zero miles and even retains factory protective plastic on the seat. Find the pair here on Craigslist in Newburgh, New York for $7,500.

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The car sounds to have been imported some time ago, the seller claiming that it was kept in a California museum for most of its life. We see yellowing paint and quite a bit of flakes and chips, too, but the seller says that dings are minor and minimal and that rust is limited to a one-inch spot in a wheel well. The interior isn’t shown in full frame, but is said to be clean apart from a small hole in the rear seat.

JDM - 1983 Honda City Turbo II RHD with Motocompo 50 cc Motorcycle

Power comes from a little 1231cc four shared with normally aspirated models, but at 100 HP (eight more in later Turbos), the compressor nearly doubled output. Mileage is given as 70,510km, though the car has been sitting for some time and isn’t currently running–the seller doesn’t speculate as to why, but the engine bay looks complete and all stock.

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Though offered as a factory option (and also available in yellow and red), this car did not come with a Motocompo from new–the seller bought it as NOS and then imported it to go with the car. It’s said to have never been filled with gas or oil, and as seen here, even retains a factory fitted plastic protective cover on the seat. Condition looks and sounds to be very good, and the seller’s claims of $3k-$5k used value aren’t a stretch–this unused example could be worth quite a bit more to the right party.

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Sale is for both car and scooter–the seller refuses to separate. The little hatch itself is definitely worth saving providing it’s not totally trashed and a good parts supply chain can be arranged. Here’s a slightly nicer one featured here earlier–the red stripes should be considered mandatory for anyone looking to restore this one.

1400 Miles for $2500: 1982 Yamaha XJ650 Seca Turbo

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This 1982 Yamaha XJ650 Seca Turbo is said to have just 1,400 miles, the seller further noting recent work such as rebuilt carbs and fitment of a new battery. Condition does look to be quite good, and the seller says that it’s both very fast and complete with the original tool kit and owner’s handbook. These interesting bikes are pretty scarce today, and if truly as good as claimed, this one could be very well bought at this price. Find it here on Craigslist in Garden City, Michigan for $2,500 firm. Special thanks to BaT reader Daniel R. for this submission.

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1956 Maserati Tipo 125 T2

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This 1956 Maserati Tipo 125 Turismo Lusso was imported to the US from Italy in 2008. The bike is represented as an original survivor that has never been restored, retaining its factory paint and fittings. This is a numbers-matching bike according to the frame-mounted data tag and stamped engine number. Its original condition is also recognized by Giovanni Salmi of Moto Maserati. The engine turns but has not been run since 2008. It has been used as a display piece in recent years and is offered by the selling dealer on a California bill of sale.

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Maserati built motorcycles from 1953 to 1960, and they established a reputation for style and performance with notable success in competition. This is chassis #A5676, which looks complete with original details in place. The seller notes that the wheel rims have been replaced, though the spokes are still believed to be original. The exhaust system has also been restored with a clean chrome finish.

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Interesting details include the above ACI registration medallion from 1963 and original Maserati grips and trim pieces.

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According to the chassis plate, this Tipo 125 TL left the factory with engine #A5533, which matches the stamping on the engine case pictured below.

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Although this Maserati has been on display-only for the past eight years, the engine is noted to turn freely. The bike will need some deferred maintenance addressed to be made roadworthy.

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When new, the 123cc engine produced 4.8 horsepower at 5000rpm, which was enough to propel this 176-pound dry-weight bike to a top speed of 40MPH. The carburetor is a Dellorto and the transmission is a 3-speed.

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This is an unrestored example of an interesting Maserati sport bike rarely seen today.

Living Room Art Piece: 1954 Moto Parilla 150 Sport

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This 1954 Moto Parilla 150 Sport is an interesting little two-stroke single that was purchased by the seller as a display piece for their home. It hasn’t been run during their three year ownership term, but is said to have good compression, a working kick starter, brakes, and clutch–the gearbox shifts as well. It’s been at least partially restored, and apart from a few very small flaws, condition looks excellent. Find it here on Craigslist in Los Angeles, California for $5k. Special thanks to BaT reader Grant P. for this submission.

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Says the seller: “I bought this at a motorcycle auction in Vegas in January of 2013 as an art piece for my apartment. It’s just the most beautiful thing and I had to have it. Condition is remarkable. I’ve never started it because its purpose was always to be a display piece and it does that perfectly. I also didn’t want to turn this into a project.”

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It’s definitely a pretty little bike, and construction quality looks to have been pretty nice as well–closeups show nicely finished casings and fittings throughout. Parilla built a few different versions of the bike, including a base Turismo Speciale, luxury touring Bracco, and Sport models like this example. The seller says they’ve of Sports being capable of “the ton” at a stratospheric (for the day) 10,000 RPM, though the above link quotes 100 km/h or about 62 MPH–it’s easy to see how figures could have been mixed up.

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Check out how narrow this thing is–put up against a living room wall it’d barely intrude.

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Of course it’d be ideal to see it returned to running condition, which the seller speculates will take very little work, adding that a recently broken wrist is the only thing that’s stopped them from doing so themselves. A small oil leak is noted due to an incorrect drain plug, but otherwise mechanicals sound to be very promising.

Three Quarter Deuce w/ GoldWing Power: Custom 1932 Ford Roadster

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This 1932 Ford Roadster replica (VIN RC3237) is a 3/4 scale custom build comprised of a fiberglass body and track-style nose on a custom built frame and suspension, with a drivetrain donated from an early flat-four Honda GoldWing motorcycle. Dubbed the “Honster,” the car features impressive build quality and is said to have won its class at the Grand National Roadster Show in 2014. The seller calls it a “proof of concept” show car with only 10 miles since completion, but it definitely looks like a lot of fun. Find it here on eBay in Temecula, California with a $15k BIN.

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Photos appear to be from the same show where it was granted an award, and the surrounding cars and bikes help gauge the size of the  little Honster. The chassis and suspension are both said to be hand built, with the former finished in an orange powder coat, while the body, nose, windshield and headlights are said to be accurately scaled to 3/4 and wear pearl white with subtle ghost flames. A stainless steel rear bumper and roll bar are additional highlights.

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Interior access is limited by a single door on the right side of the car, and the seat measures 34 inches wide. Equipped with only one seat belt, it will seat two, albeit uncomfortably. Interior craftsmanship isn’t a match for the rest of the car, however it’s not bad either, and the continuation of the orange trim is a nice touch, even if we’d prefer a more subtle scheme. The trunk opens, and features similar side panels and carpet as well as an eight gallon fuel cell. Elsewhere, the dash features a full set of gauges including a GPS speedometer.

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Mechanical workmanship appears to be rather impressive. Power is supplied by an 1100cc flat-four from an early Honda GoldWing, mated to a 5-speed gearbox from same–the ad doesn’t mention if reverse is featured, though it would be ideal for this application. Torque is put to the ground through a chain transfer to a custom driveshaft, meeting a Datsun pick-up rear diff out back. An Edelbrock air cleaner adds a bit of hot rod appearance to the motor, and Harley Davidson dual pipes should make an interesting noise.

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Here’s a look at the chassis just below the cab. Front suspension consists of a dropped axle with Ford spindles, transverse leaf spring with inboard shocks, and Wilwood discs. Quarter inch elliptical leafs with triangulated trailing arms and tube shocks suspend the Datsun axle in the rear–neat.

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Said to be street legal, the car hasn’t yet been registered–we can’t imagine that’d be an easy task in California, but it’d be worth trying.

No Reserve: 1977 Benelli 750 Sei

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This 1977 Benelli Sei is an Italian motorcycle featuring its original 6-cylinder 747cc engine that was purchased from its long-term owner who had the bike since 1979. The 750 Sei is notable as the first six-cylinder engine to be offered in a production motorcycle. This bike was ridden regularly until 1995, at which time it received a mechanical and cosmetic restoration. The engine was rebuilt with all new components, and the chassis and ancillaries were fully refurbished. The odometer was zeroed and the bike has done 16k miles in the last 20 years.

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The 750 Sei was envisioned by Alejandro de Tomaso and was produced from 1973 to 1989. De Tomaso wanted it to become Italy’s go-to sporting motorcycle with styling by Ghia. The Sei was heavily marketed when launched, and although it was well liked by riders, it could never manage to outsell its Japanese competitors.

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Red paint is in good condition and the chrome trim, fenders, and engine components all look nice. Badging is accounted for and in good shape. The bikini front fairing is a period item that can easily be removed for a more sporty look.

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The bike is largely stock, with the exception of an aftermarket exhaust setup, seat cover, and turn indicators. Veglia gauges are said to work properly, though the tachometer face is cracked.

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The aftermarket seat is in good condition with no tears or stitching issues. A new seat cover is also included.

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Up front, handling is achieved with black and chrome 38mm Marzocchi telescopic forks and twin disc-brakes, while the rear wheel utilizes twin shock suspension and features drum brakes. the bikini front fairing is a period item that can easily be removed for a more sporty look.

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The 747cc air-cooled inline six-cylinder engine was overhauled by the previous owner in 1995. The engine was modeled on the four-cylinder Honda CB500, with two extra added cylinders. The engine produced a healthy 76hp at 9000 rpm when new, and could propel riders up to 127mph.

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The 750 Sei is famous for the sound from its six mufflers. Although this example currently wears an aftermarket unit, a complete new 6 into 6 exhaust system is included. The system can be seen above with period seat cover and new set of stock turn indicators, also included in the sale.

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Even with 6-cylinders, the width of the bike was kept at bay by positioning the alternator behind the cylinders. Cooling was increased with air passages between the cylinders, and three Dell’Orto VHB 24 mm carburetors blend air and fuel efficiently. The Benelli 750 Six remained the only six-cylinder motorcycle in production until the Honda CBX was introduced in 1978. Service records from the ’95 resto are included, and the bike carries a clean Florida title.

No Reserve: 1957 NSU Prima III Scooter

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This 1957 NSU Prima III was purchased from the collection of well known scooter restorers Tom and Anna Giordano. NSU began producing the Innocenti Lambretta under license beginning in 1950, then introduced the Prima as their own design in 1956. This Prima III was originally equipped with a 146cc engine but has been bored out to the 175cc displacement of the higher priced Prima V. It has been restored both cosmetically and mechanically using many NOS parts acquired by the Giordanos from a former NSU dealer, and remains in good condition.

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The scooter is in nice cosmetic condition with fresh paint in a period appropriate pastel green. The trim was restored with a combination of polished original parts and NOS pieces where available. Some of the trim between the two rear side panels is missing but there are no other significant flaws in the bodywork.

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The clock and speedometer have been restored. The scooter is equipped with an electric starter and all lights are in working order.

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The dual bicycle style seats for the rider and pillion passenger are in very good condition. The grab handle for the back seat rider is still in the protective plastic wrap.

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The frame was also cleaned and repainted as part of the restoration, as were the wheels. New tires were fitted.

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The mechanical components of the scooter were all refurbished, with the following work performed:

  • Fully rebuilt engine
  • Transmission disassembled with any worn parts replaced as needed
  • Rebuilt carburetor
  • Fuel tank cleaned out and new fuel lines installed
  • All cables replaced
  • Brake system rebuilt
  • Suspension rebuilt

The engine is a 175cc unit that starts easily and runs well, and with all the mechanical systems refreshed the scooter is said to ride nicely.

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The scooter is sold with a Washington state title. These German built NSU scooters are an interesting alternative to the more common Vespa and Lambretta scooters of the era. This example has been nicely restored with good attention to detail and is being offered at no reserve.