MotoGP Motorcycle Sale 2011

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1960's Seeley 500 recreation

Lot No.: 8

Registration: Not Specified
Frame Number: RMTMK2127K
Side Car: No
Engine Number: 333 NRT
Number of cylinders: 500cc Single
Year of Manufacture: 1996
Sold for (£): Result to follow

This most striking of classic racing bikes was constructed to bespoke order in the mid 1990's for a long-time enthusiast and motorcycle pilot to satisfy his desire to compete in the Isle of Man Manx Classic.

Finished in 1996 this recreation has been meticulously prepared by many renowned experts within the competition motorcycling fraternity including a bespoke Roger Titchmarsh Mk.2 masterpiece frame designed around a 1964 original. This Seeley also has a Fred Walmsley superb twin spark 500cc engine, running Gardiner carburettor, and high rise exhaust - though interested parties should note that a low exhaust is included within the generous spares package. Roger Titchmarsh was also responsible for building the fast change six speed gearbox, new clutch and primary drivebelt which adorn this extremely competitive machine.

The last engine preparation was conducted meticulously by the late great John Goodall and has only been used for one Isle Of Man Manx Classic Grand Prix race since.

This example first used an original 7R engine and gearbox, hence the AJS marque on the tank, sadly this was not reliable enough and the then 350cc engine was replaced with the current 500cc unit at a purchase price in excess of £11,000.

With three IOM GP finishes in 350cc and 500cc classes to its name, the vendor now confesses that he's unlikely to campaign again, and after a gentle push, he has been persuaded to remove the bike from display in the hallway of his home where it resides, and be passed to the next daredevil brave enough to attempt the IOM Classic.

Such is the standard of build and preparation of this wonderful machine, the North Gloucester Motorcycle Club (NGMCC) awarded this machine the winner in their 500cc category Classic Bike Championship.