The 198cc Francis-Barnett police patrol bike that became a star of the early series of the 1960s-based TV police drama Heartbeat will be coming up for auction at H&H Classics’ National Motorcycle Museum sale on Thursday, July 26 – and it will be offered with the full police uniform worn by Nick Berry.
The machine is estimated to sell for between £3500 and £5000 – but who knows what might happen when the auctioneer’s gavel comes down?
Set in the North Riding of Yorkshire, Heartbeat was based on the ‘Constable’ series of novels written by ex-policeman Peter N Walker using the pseudonym Nicholas Rea, and was broadcast on ITV in no fewer than 18 series from 1992 until 2010.
The early series consistently drew more than 10 million viewers, and peaked at 13.82 million – and the episodes are still being repeated and enjoyed to this day.
With its head office near Warrington, Cheshire, its private sales garage near Hindhead, Surrey and specialists based throughout the UK, H&H holds regular sales at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, the National Motorcycle Museum in the West Midlands and at Woodcote Park in Surrey.
Read more News and Features in the July 2018 issue of OBM – on sale now!