Unearthed in a Somerset barn

A collection of British motorcycles dating from the 1930s to the 1950s has been dragged from a Somerset barn, and the machines will go under the gavel at Charterhouse Auctioneers’ classic motorcycle auction at Sherborne on February 4.

This 1930 Triumph CSD, an older restoration requiring recommission and with no reserve, is expected to sell for £3000 to £5000 at the February 4 Charterhouse auction.

“Most are complete but will require some recommissioning work before they are put back on the road,” said Charterhouse’s Matthew Whitney. “Others will just need a wipe-over with an oily rag, and some are full-blown restoration projects.”

Dating from 1949, this Scott Flying Squirrel is another older restoration that could once again look the bee’s knees.

The earliest of the seven motorcycles is a 500cc 1930 Triumph CSD, closely followed by a 1935 500cc JAP-engined Cotton, and each is estimated to make £3000 to £5000.

Just look at that glorious frame! This 1935 500cc Cotton-JAP 25J is a rare single with great possibilities, but again has no reserve, requires restoration and is expected to sell at between £3000 and £4000.

Post-war machines include a 1949 Scott Flying Squirrel, a 1952 Ariel Square Four and a 1957 Norton Model 50, the latter with ape-hanger bars!

For information about this and further new year sales, Charterhouse can be contacted on 01935 812277 or by email at bikes@charterhouse-auction.com .

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