Shannons’ upcoming Winter Timed Online Auction, set to take place from 19-26 August, will be headlined by a rare 1974 Commando John Player 850.

According to Shannons, the bike has been restored to an exceptional standard by Sydney Norton specialist Paul Hibbard, and is expected to fetch between $24,000-$28,000 at auction.

“This single year ‘tribute’ bike, with its 828cc air-cooled OHV parallel twin engine, is a rare sight in Australia, as the majority of the estimated 200 built was delivered to the USA,” explains Shannons in a press release.

1974 Norton Commando John Player 850

The John Player will be joined by two other Hibbard-restored Norton Commando models, a 1971 Commando 750, which has covered just 150 miles since its restoration, and a 1968 Commando Fastback 750, with just 12 miles on its clock.

Due to its high-standard, the auctioneer expects the 1971 bike to sell for $20,000-$25,000, while the 1968 Fastback should come in under $20,000.

1971 Commando 750

The upcoming online auction will see at least thirteen classic motorcycles on offer, including two Ducatis, three British veteran motorcycles, and an ultra-rare 1912 Peerless 500cc.

Built in Melbourne by A G Healing & Co, the Peerless is understood to be one of only four or five left in existence. It’s powered by a German 500cc side-valve engine, producing a less-than-whopping 3.5 horsepower.

Shannons predicts that the 1912 Peerless will sell for between $15,000-$20,000.

1912 Peerless 500cc

Two Ducatis from 1969 and 1985 will also be on the block, including a 1969 250 Mk3 ($18,000-$22,000) and a 1985 900 S2 ($15,000-$18,000), both of which are said to be in excellent restored condition.

There will also be a very desirable 1970 Triumph T120-R Bonneville 650cc presented in “excellent” condition, with an expected pricetag from between $14,000-$18,000.

Just one Japanese bike is up for auction – a 1989 Yamaha FZR750R-R ‘OW01’ ($15,000-$20,000), which was a limited-run production bike designed for racing, with just 500 units ever built.

Other listings include a 1935 Panther Model 100 ‘Redwing’, a 1930 Sunbeam Model 9 500cc (both $20,000 – $23,000) and a striking 1929 BSA S-29 500cc ‘Sloper’ ($17,000 – $20,000) – all three of which will be offered with no reserve.

1929 BSA S-29 500cc ‘Sloper’
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