With interest rates at an all time low, investors are searching for ways to realise a return on their money. In the last few years classic motorcycles have been appreciating in value, almost under the radar of most high level wealth managers and other investors. Whilst Classic Cars are often the choice of the rich and famous, bikes are probably seen as less glamorous. However, there has been a change in recent years, classic or vintage bikes have seen interest from worldwide superstars like Brad Pitt and David Beckham, and suddenly, old bikes are “cool” again. This has of course brought about an increase in value to varying degrees across the board.
Classic Motorcycle Price Increases Over 20 Years
We have compiled a list of values from the last twenty years and given a %age change to see how much you could have seen had you invested. This is not 100% accurate, average prices have been taken from auction results, magazine listings and Ebay results to give a broad range. Thanks to https://www.britishbikebits.com for the help!
|Bike||1997 Value||2017 Value||% Change|
|Vincent Comet 1952||£3900||£22,000||464%|
|Vincent Black Prince 1955||£16,500||£85,000||415%|
|Brough Superior 680 1929||£17,500||£90,000||414%|
|Triumph X75 Hurricane 1973||£6250||£24,000||284%|
|BSA DBD34 Goldstar Clubmans 1956||£7950||£21,000||164%|
|BSA A65 1964||£1650||£4300||160%|
|Norton Commando 850 1973||£2995||£6500||117%|
|Triumph TR6R Trophy 1961||£6000||£13,000||116%|
|Triumph T120 Bonneville 1961||£6495||£12,500||93%|
|Norton Manx 1960||£17,950||£34,000||89%|
|BSA Bantam D14 1967||£695||£1250||79.8%|
|Triumph T140 Bonneville 1977||£3495||£6000||71%|
It is interesting to note on the above list that generally the higher value in 1997 actually increased more in percentage value than at the lower end. Also 4 out of the 5 top gainers were pre 1957 with the “newest” bike, a 1977 Triumph T140 Bonneville only increasing 71%.
That is obviously a figure which could change.