Thursday, January 9, 2014

It’s a Fair Cop at Charterhouse

An early 1960’s BSA motorcycle, originally used by the Police, is one of the more unusual lots entered into the Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles in February.

“We often come across BSA motorcycles, but this C15 is a real rarity.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “It was first registered by the Cumberland & Westmoreland Constabulary in 1964, and was probably in use by a rural officer  like on the popular TV series Heartbeat, rather than the city work of The Sweeny!”.

This BSA carries the 250cc engine with the correct engine initials of FP (For Police). It was discovered by a serving Police Officer in the Cumbria Police, (which was previously the Cumberland & Westmoreland Constabulary) in a garage in Manchester. The motorcycle had been “civilianized” when it left the force, whereby the fairing and all Police equipment was removed. It was then lovingly restored by its new owner to its former glory complete with fairing, siren and flashing blue light!

Having formed part of a collection of classic motorcycles in Weston Super Mare, it is now being offered for sale at Charterhouse in their auction at The Royal Bath & West Showground on Sunday 16th February with an estimate of £2,500-3,500. Ready to be enjoyed and taken to shows, this motorcycle also as the added attraction of being eligible for the Goodwood Revival.

Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming programme of auctions including classic cars and motorcycles in February closely followed by silver, jewellery and watches also in February.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Partner at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on

Back on the beat – the 1964 BSA 250cc Police motorcyale being offered by Charterhouse on Sunday 16th February £2,500-3,500
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