Another Barn Find

So, this motorcycle shop owner over in Aalst, Belgium died, and the shop’s contents are going up for auction.  That means that Troostwijk, an industrial auctioneer in Antwerp, had to go in and take stock of the shop’s contents.  When they did, they got quite a surprise.  Because they found eleven–count ’em, eleven–brand new 1975 Norton 850 Commandos, unassembled, still packed away in factory crates.  Oh, and a Matchless, too.

1975 Norton 850 Commando
1975 Norton 850 Commando--Still sitting nicely in its factory crate.

And that’s not all.  According to MCN:

The hoard also includes an ex-Peter Williams 1974 Norton works ‘space frame’ racer, a still-crated bike, a 1989 Rotax-powered Matchless G80, dozens of other Nortons and Triumphs, as well as masses of spasres [sic] and workshop machinery.

Anyway, for some reason, the auctioneers now think the estate auction may be slightly more profitable than originally thought.

If you’re going to be in Belgium, and you’ve got thousands of dollars on hand, you can find more information about the auction at Troostwijk’s web site.  Better hurry, though, if you’re planning to get to Antwerp in time.  The auction closes on the 26th.

The Great California Garage Sale

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If you’d like to add another motorcycle–or two–to your garage, and you don’t have the scratch for a new one, then you might be interested in the Great California Garage Sale going on in Sacramento this week.  As you may have heard, the state of California is…ummm…a bit short of cash.  So the state is going all out and selling cars, motorcycles, computers, and just about everything else they can think of in a big state garage sale.  The sale and auction will take place in Sacramento on Friday and Saturday, 28-29 Aug 09.

They’ve got at least 5 BMW R1150RTP’s from the highway patrol, which you could probably pick up for a decent price. I’ve seen some other bikes listed there, too, probably confiscated from drug dealers and whatnot.

You’ll probably get a better price there than you would from a regular dealer, anyway.