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Top 5: Awesome bikes from Bonhams’ Paris sale

Submitted by on February 13, 2013

ex-Eugenio Lazzarini 1983 Garelli 50cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle

Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais auction was held in Paris at The Grand Palais last week, and put a stunning collection of classic bikes up for auction. Here are some of our favourites.

1970 Guazzoni 50cc Production Racing Motorcycle

1970 Guazzoni 50cc Production Racing Motorcycle

A late example of the Guazzoni marque, this wonderful unrestored light weight racer in is pushed around by Guazzoni’s trademark rotary-valve two-stroke engine with reversed cylinders and has racing history in Italy.

ex-Fred Merkel, World Superbike Championship 1989/90 Honda VFR750R RC30 Production Racing Motorcycle

Ex-Fred Merkel, World Superbike Championship 1989/90 Honda VFR750R RC30 Production Racing Motorcycle

Raced by two-time World Superbike Champion Fred Merkel during his brief but immensely successful World Superbike racing career, this bike comes with huge providence.

ex-Eugenio Lazzarini 1983 Garelli 50cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle

Ex-Eugenio Lazzarini 1983 Garelli 50cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle

Two-time 50cc and once 125cc World Champion Eugenio Lazzarini’s ride for 1983, this bike scored three wins and came close to the championship, finishing runner up to Stefan Dörflinger.

ex-Bert Fruin, Isle of Man TT 1962 Fruin Dartela 50cc Six-Speed Racing Motorcycle

Ex-Bert Fruin, Isle of Man TT 1962 Fruin Dartela 50cc Six-Speed Racing Motorcycle

This unique little machine was built in Middlesex by independent engineer H L ‘Bert’ Fruin. To get around the limitations of a three-speed box at the Isle of Mann, Fruin designed a longer frame and fitted a specially-modified Albion two-speed ‘overdrive’ gearbox to this bike. He took it to the inaugural 50cc ‘Ultra Lightweight’ TT in 1962, but dropped out on the first lap with engine troubles.

ex-Jean-Francois Baldé 1989 Yamaha TZ250W Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle

Ex-Jean-Francois Baldé 1989 Yamaha TZ250W Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle

This bike was Jean-François Baldé’s ride in the final season of a Grand Prix racing career that had stretched for 16 years and over 200 starts. It still proudly displays the multilingual farewell messages he carried with him that year; great history and a lovely bike.

Images via Bonhams

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