London RM Auctions: 25 Rare Motorcycles

RM London Motorcycle Auction

RM Auctions reports the consignment of a significant single-owner collection of 25 motorcycles for its upcoming London, England sale at Battersea Evolution on the Oct. 26, 2011.

With a reputation as the world’s most successful auction house specialising in the sale of investment-quality collector cars, RM is fast expanding its expertise into the collector motorcycle market. The consignment of the noted ‘La Collezione Due Ruote’ as a featured attraction at the company’s upcoming Battersea sale is a significant step in enhancing that reputation.

The 25 bikes that make up the collection span a wide variety of marques and eras, from the early days of motorcycling through to modern-era, high-performance machines.

Dylan Miles (Motorcycle Specialists with RM Europe) says: “RM’s track-record in selling investment-grade automobiles is second to none, and it’s now really satisfying that owners of significant motorcycles are increasingly entrusting us to sell their machines at auction.

“This particular collection contains some fabulously rare and desirable bikes, and we anticipate very high levels of interest in the lots being offered.”

Of particular note is a 1973 MV Agusta 750S, resplendent in the traditional red, white and blue MV colours and regarded as one of the fastest and most expensive bikes of its period (pictured top). Presented in restored condition with ASI Homologation number, this superb machine is estimated to fetch between £40,000 – £48,000. MV’s more recent history is represented by a 2004 MV Agusta F4 1000cc, the ultimate MV Agusta superbike and a modern classic.

With only delivery mileage on the clock, it is offered in ‘as new’ condition (Estimate: £9,000 – £11,000).

Amongst the many rare and exotic bikes within the collection, another stand-out lot is the 1946 Stilma Prototype (pictured right), a completely original one-off example produced in Turin. Offered in its original paint and with only 515 kilometres covered, this amazing machine is estimated to achieve £40,000 – £50,000 when it crosses the auction podium.

No collection of bikes is complete without a Ducati, and the c.1975 Ducati 750SS Imola Race Replica is a stunning example. This recently constructed, faithful evocation of the iconic 750SS Imola Racer, offered with its correct fibreglass fairing and silver metal flake finish, represents superb value with an estimate of £20,000 – £26,000. Also expected to attract significant interest from enthusiasts is a rare and powerful 1925 Harley-Davidson 350cc OHV Peashooter, recently restored in the traditional Harley colour of olive green (Estimate: £20,000 – £26,000).

In its entirety, the collection boasts numerous rare machines, other well-known marques represented include Parilla, Harley-Davidson, Indian, Benelli, Honda, Laverda, Moto Guzzi, Zundapp, Fongri-NSU, Maserati, MM and Bimota.

Further information and a complete list of auction offerings are available online at or by calling +44 20 7851 7070.

Event Details: RM London

  • Sale date: 26 October, 2011
  • Preview dates: 25 & 26 October, 2010
  • Location: Battersea Evolution
  • Chelsea Bridge Entrance, Battersea Park
  • London, United Kingdom, SW11 4NJ
  • Admission: Admission to this event requires the purchase of an official auction catalogue available for £50. The catalog admits two and must be presented at the entrance to the sale to be granted entry.