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Geared Online | Motorcycles Catalogue Unveils Additional Italian, Japanese, English, and German Offerings for Upcoming Sale

The online-only auction, taking place May 8 to May 17, features an assortment of bikes from the likes of Honda, Ducati, MV Agusta, Ariel, and BMW, largely offered without reserve. 

Santa Monica, Calif. (April 30, 2024) — Global auction house Gooding & Company has revealed the entire catalogue for its forthcoming Geared Online | Motorcycles auction, with bidding set to commence next week. Accompanying the headlining 1972 Ducati 750 Imola Desmo (Estimate: $650,000 – $750,000), one of the most important Ducatis ever offered for public sale, is an assortment of motorcycles from the foremost Italian, German, English, and Japanese marques. The auction will take place from May 8 to May 17, with the vast majority of offerings presented at no reserve. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Gooding & Company’s specialist team for inquiries on specific motorcycles or for inspection appointments at the Southern California facility housing all lots for the upcoming sale.

The Ducati 750 Imola Desmo is joined by vintage motorcycles from leading Italian marques, including the 1975 MV Agusta 750 S America (Estimate: $60,000 – $80,000, Without Reserve). One of the earliest examples of the 750 S America built, this bike was owned for many years by Chris Garville, one of two architects behind the legendary 750 S America concept. Additionally, its tank comes signed by multiple MV Agusta World Champion winner John Surtees. Also offered is a 1981 Ducati 900 Super Sport (Estimate: $40,000 – $80,000, Without Reserve), one of only 713 European-specification examples built for the 1981 model year. Showing just 8,133 km at the time of cataloguing, this Ducati is one of the most untouched, original 900 Super Sports in existence. A rare and desirable hand-built factory production racer 1974 Laverda 750 SFC (Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000) is also on offer as one of just 100 US-specification 1974 examples built.

Japanese pioneering excellence is represented by 10 motorcycles From a Renowned Honda Motorcycle Collection, offered without reserve. This world-class Honda collection includes especially well-preserved motorcycles built from the 1950s to the 1970s, led by the 1969 Honda Sandcast CB750 (Estimate: $30,000 – $40,000, Without Reserve). Honda’s first ever four-cylinder production bike, this desirable, early CB750 comes fitted with a Sandcast crankcase, and was beautifully restored by marque expert Scott Williams. The collection also features: a 1962 Honda CB92 Super Sport (Estimate: $18,000 – $24,000, Without Reserve) fitted with a rare and desirable racing kit; a time-capsule, original 1978 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing (Estimate: $16,000 – $20,000, Without Reserve) showing less than 3,000 miles; an especially rare and important Japanese domestic example 1957 Honda Dream ME-250 (Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000, Without Reserve).

Geared Online | Motorcycles will also present four lots at no reserve From the Santa Fe Collection, sourced from a leading collector in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This selection includes a rare 1934 Moto Guzzi GTS 500 (Estimate: $25,000 – $35,000, Without Reserve) with advanced adjustable suspension, as well as a gorgeous early postwar 1954 BMW R25/3 (Estimate: $12,000 – $15,000, Without Reserve) retaining its matching engine, frame, and frame tag numbers. The collection also features a handsome 1974 Norton Commando 850 Mk IIA (Estimate: $7,000 – $10,000, Without Reserve) in the classic color scheme of black with gold lettering, in addition to a concours-quality, expertly restored 1955 Ariel Square Four (Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000, Without Reserve) presented in black with excellent chrome work and gold striping.

Additional BMW selections in the sale include a 1967 BMW R60/2 (Estimate: $24,000 – $28,000, Without Reserve), among the most iconic and collectible BMW motorcycles of the 1960s. Finished in traditional Avus Black with white pinstriping and a period-correct Steiger seat, this R60/2 retains its matching-numbers engine per its data tag. Also offered is a 1940 BMW R12 (Estimate: $12,000 – $15,000, Without Reserve) featuring a distinctive hydraulically damped telescopic front fork, and a rare and desirable 1978 BMW R100RS Motorsport Edition (Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000, Without Reserve) showing only 1,042 miles and presenting in outstanding, highly preserved condition.

English motorcycle selections comprise a 1966 Triumph Bonneville T120 (Estimate: $15,000 – $30,000, Without Reserve) presented in the classic color scheme of white with orange stripes, as well as a sparingly used 1953 Norton Dominator 88 (Estimate: $18,000 – $22,000, Without Reserve) in show-quality, restored condition. A late-production example 1970 BSA 650 Lightning (Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000, Without Reserve) is also offered, featuring improved braking and other refinements.

A variety of motorcycle-themed automobilia, including posters and artwork, round out the online auction, including an Aiglon Vole Poster by Bernard Lacy, c. 1927 (Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000, Without Reserve), a R.A.M.C.H. Poster, c. 1930s (Estimate: $1,200 – $1,400, Without Reserve), and a Ducati 750 Racing at Imola Poster (Estimate: $900 – $1,200, Without Reserve).

Geared Online | Motorcycles Online Catalogue Available: Auction Begins: Wednesday, May 8 at 9:00 AM PDT Lots Begin Closing: Friday, May 17 at 9:00 AM PDT Bidder Registration: Website: Facebook: X: @goodingandco #GearedOnline Instagram: @goodingandcompany #GearedOnline YouTube: Phone: +1.310.899.1960

About Gooding & Company Gooding & Company is celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions, private brokerage, and unparalleled service in the international collector car market, achieving over $2.75 billion in sales since the company’s inception. The auction house continues to deliver market-leading results through both its live auctions and Geared Online platform, setting new trends and world records with best-of-category cars across numerous verticals. Gooding & Company consistently presents the highest quality consignments while operating with openness and integrity, providing the company a reputation of trust and respect unmatched in the industry. Offering a wide range of services including private and estate sales, appraisals and collection management, the auction house is ready to assist you with numerous collector car services.

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