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1909 MINERVA 3½HP WITH WICKER SIDECAR (LOT 383) SOLD by Auction

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  • £25,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1909
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Price £25,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Minerva
Model 3½HP WITH WICKER SIDECAR
Year 1909
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 21-Jul-2020
Ref C1247936
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


FORMERLY PART OF THE WARD BROTHERS COLLECTION
1909 MINERVA 3½HP WITH WICKER SIDECAR (LOT 383)
REGISTRATION NO. AM 2210
FRAME NO. 21692
ENGINE NO. 12061
• Wonderful motorcycle combination from a premier European make
• Present ownership since 2009
• Offered from an important private collection
• Pioneer Certificate

This fine Minerva motorcycle combination with wicker sidecar was acquired for the Ward Brothers Collection 31 years ago from VMCC stalwart Joseph Arthur Whitmarsh of Avon Garage, Netheravon, Wiltshire, who had owned this machine since 1953. He in turn had acquired the Minerva from George Sheppard, cycle maker of Netheravon who is recorded as being the owner when the machine was reregistered under new legislation in 1922. Sheppard may well have been the very first owner of this Wiltshire-registered outfit. During Arthur Whitmarsh's ownership the outfit was extensively rallied both at home and overseas as evidenced by the numerous rally plaques displayed on the wicker sidecar. The machine also carries RAC and AA badges and a Sunbeam MCC Pioneer Badge, having taken part in the prestigious Pioneer Run regularly during Whitmarsh's ownership. The bike is equipped with an acetylene headlamp and Binks carburettor, and enjoys the benefit of a Sturmey-Archer three-speed gearbox. Invoices on file record some restoration work carried out by J W Tennant-Eyles in 1984 and during the Wards' ownership new head-stock bearings were fitted together with new valves.

In July 2009 the Minerva was purchased at Bonhams' sale of the Ward Brothers Reserve Collection (Lot 130) by the current enthusiast vendor (owner of an important private collection) and ridden by him on the 2010 Pioneer Run. There is a detailed list of work on file carried out in October 2010 by Nigel Parrott Veteran Engineering in East Sussex (one of the very best Veteran car and motorcycle engineers). The total cost was £7,924. The sidecar wickerwork also has had some remedial repairs made; otherwise the combination is as purchased in the 2009.

This exceptionally high quality outfit has that wonderful patina that comes from long and enthusiastic ownership. Accompanying documentation includes an old-style buff logbook recording ownership from 1922; a Pioneer Certificate; an old-style V5 registration document; various photographs; correspondence from Mrs Whitmarsh; a copy of a 1909 Minerva sales brochure; and an original Minerva Spare Parts Price List for 1908/1909.

£25,000 - 35,000
€28,000 - 39,000

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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