BMW Motorrad Spezial

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.

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.]

  • Jefferson

    Nein, Danke.

  • Josh

    What a crime to mutilate a bike into a chopper! Make a beautifully elegant and efficient piece of machinery into something absurd, misshapen and impractical. Oh and very slow and boring to ride that also happens to make you appear like a baboon bent over a toilet.

  • Thomas Gohl

    what he said!!

  • mingh

    I’m hoping they took the engine out of a fubar bike.

  • c’mon now, that light will help illuminate the tread.

  • Jimmay

    That poor bike……

  • Ken

    What a mess
    I can see why the the name of the Builder is what it is