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1985 AUSTEL MKII 998CC LOTEC (LOT 381) SOLD by Auction

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  • £5,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1985
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Price £5,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make AUSTEL
Model MKII LOTEC
Year 1985
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 21-Jul-2020
Ref C1247932
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

SALE TIMES
Friday 14 August Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 212) 10am
Saturday 15 August Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 462) 10am
Sunday 16 August Motorcycles (Morbidelli Collection) (Lot 501 - 704) 10am

VIEWING
In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

VIEWING TIMES
Wednesday 12 August 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 13 August 9am to 5pm
Friday 14 August 9am to 5pm
Saturday 15 August 9am to 5pm (Lots 501-704 only)

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register.

AUCTION ADDRESS
Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 5HA


1985 AUSTEL MKII 998CC LOTEC (LOT 381)
REGISTRATION NO. 58 BMG
FRAME NO. AUS10-85-001
ENGINE NO. 99H614EH1334
This fascinating special was built in 1985 by toolmaker Chris Castell, who used a 998cc BMC Mini engine that he estimated would be good for 300,000 miles in a motorcycle application. Castell had already built several specials and had completed the prototype Austel in 1981. This MkII Lotec version was built for the current vendor after he had spotted the MkI Austel parked outside Chris's home in Maidenhead. Hand made with exemplary care and attention, and with no expense spared, the Lotec uses the engine as a stressed member of chassis, has a 58" (1,473mm) wheelbase and weighs 680lb dry. It has automatic transmission with manual override, while reverse gear is retained for sidecar use (later Austels were built specifically for sidecar use; this is the only solo version). Other noteworthy features include Yamaha wheels and Castell's own-design leading-link forks with Koni dampers. 90mpg at a steady 70mph and a top speed of 125mph were claimed. The vendor advises us that, such is the engine's torque, 2nd and 4th gears are all that are needed for normal riding. Last used some 20 years ago, the Lotec has been stored at the London Motorcycle Museum since then and will require re-commissioning before returning to the road. A guaranteed head-turner at any gathering, this unique motorcycle is offered with contemporary press cuttings and a (copy) V5 document.

£5,000 - 7,000
€5,600 - 7,800

As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.


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