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Garelli collection featured in classic motorcycle auction

November 28, 2012|By Charles Fleming
  • A 1926 348-cc Garelli heads a procession of classic Italian motorcycles headed for auction in February.
A 1926 348-cc Garelli heads a procession of classic Italian motorcycles… (Bonhams )

Two of the great European motorcycle collections will go under the gavel in February at the Grand Palais in Paris. To be sold are the Garelli Grand Prix Collection and a private stock of 55 machines belonging to a late French enthusiast.

The Garelli collection contains two dozen classic racers from the famed Italian manufacturer, among them world-record holders ridden by racing legends like Ernesto Gnesa, Tazio Nuvolari and Achille Varzi. The private French collection includes European and American marques, highlights being a pair of postwar Terrots, and a pair of early Magnat Debons.

Photo Gallery: The Garelli Grand Prix Collection

The historic machines are expected to fetch high prices. A 1963 Garelli 50-cc may sell for as much as 70,000 euros. A pair of classic American bikes -- a 1916 Indian 1,000-cc Powerplus and a 1918 Harley-Davidson Model 18F -- may go for as much as 25,000 and 20,000 euros, respectively.

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