2009 Barber Vintage Festival Auction

Vincent Black Shadow Chopper
The annual classic motorcycle auction in Birmingham, Alabama, often throws up something interesting. In 2006, it was a 1913 Flying Merkel that sold for a staggering $130,000. This year, one of the stars is likely to be the famed 1951 Vincent Black Shadow Chopper (above) from Redneck Engineering. There’s some tempting machinery amongst the 90 lots registered so far, including a 1938 BMW R51, and three crackers from 1949: a Douglas trials bike, a Vincent HRD Rapide (Series B) and a Harley-Davidson WL Class C privateer racer. The auction is scheduled for Saturday 10 October, and if you can’t make it there in person, you can bid online. With many motorcycles being offered without a reserve, it’s a real chance to pick up a bargain. Just watch that 13% internet buyer’s premium. [Image by Michael Lichter.]