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J. Wood Announces the Bob Barker Estate Sale

AJS 7R

Fantastic AJS 7R “Boy Racer” is sure to draw great interest.

The auction of Bob Barker’s collection of vintage motorcycles will be held March 8, 2016. Bob Barker was an aerospace engineer and a road racer in California in the 1960s. Bob got hired by Can Am to work on their motorcycle program and moved to Canada to help develop their new line of competition motorcycles. Bob was happy to work on bikes because working for the government, they were just making expensive stuff that no one was going to use. They next moved him to Gainesville, Florida, which afforded them a good proving ground for the machines as motocross competition was plentiful and year round. Can Am also hired two time world MX Champion, Jeff Smith who worked with Bob and became great friends.

Bob purchased the machinery from Can Am when they ended the project and set up his own shop in Gainesville, so even the machine and fabricating equipment has motorcycle industry history. Bob built up a collection of 55 bikes, and many that we are selling have been owned and raced by Bob since they were new or near new. Bob became the vintage Dunlop race tire distributor and sponsored top vintage racers like Pat Mooney. He was also an AHRMA founder.

DMW trials bike

DMW trials bike is said to have belonged to Dick Mann.

All in all, this is a very interesting collection that has some of the best race and street bikes in it. It is not often you find a Norton Manx, an AJS 7R and a Gilera Saturno sitting with an original Indian 101. Bob appreciated good motorcycles.

This is a rare opportunity to purchase real motorcycles to race, ride or collect. The collection includes:

1928 Indian 101 Scout in original condition and the last bike that Bob rode, 1960 Norton Manx, AJS 7R. Gilera Saturno Course, Gilera Saturno Sport, Parilla Grand Sport, Harley-Davidson 250CR, Ducati 250GP, another Ducati GP project, 1947 James dual port single (looks very original), circa-1947 Whizzer (original), 1964 DMW 250 Overlander (restored), Gilera 102, Powell sidevalve, Royal Enfield Bullet (only 161 miles), Ducati 250 MKIII (only 1,825 miles), BSA ZB33, Honda GB500, several NSUs including a Super Max and Super Fox, Royal Enfield rigid, Velocette KSS, Zundapp Twingle, James project, several Triumph Cub projects, Bridgestone 350 GTR, MZ TS 250, Hodaka, Greeves Trials project, Ossa Pioneer, Benelli 2-stroke twin, Suzuki 90, several Harley Sprints and a project, Bultaco trials and several Matadors, circa-1975 Can Am prototype, BSA M33, Sears Gilera 124, 1951 Matchless G9, H-D Sportster, Allstate-Puch single, Francis-Barnett, Husky MX, Benelli 250, Ariel Arrow, and others yet to be dug out and identified. (Check out the photo library here.)

2-stroke James motorcycle

This 2-stroke James should make an excellent project.

Real estate includes a 5,000-square-foot steel building with finished offices and machine shop at front, three large bays with overhead doors in the rear. The lot is fenced, 100-feet x 135-ft. The real estate will be offered subject to a very reasonable confirmation. We need to sell it.

Shop machinery includes a Bridgeport Vari-speed milling machine with readout, Clausing 15 x 48 Geared head lathe with extensive tooling, Logan 10 x 24 tool room lathe, Bridgeport Series 1 CNC milling machine with Bridgeport-Textron Control, Rivett 918 Turret lathe with tooling, Sm production lathe, Powermatic drill press, Reid 6 x 18 surface grinder, KO Lee universal tool and cutter grinder, 8 x 48 sander, disc sander, Hossfield bender with hyd assist and tooling, Enco 48” finger brake, Beverly shear, Skat Blast cabinet, Dake Arbor press, Fanco OBI punch press, Whitney punch, Enco 32-inch roll-brake-shear, Valve Grinder, many vices, rotary table, tooling, instruments and cutters, work benches, welding tables, power and hand tools and more. (See machinery photos here.)

Norton Manx

This Norton Manx looks nicely preserved.

There are also lots of parts and engines and we have only begun to dig out what is there. We did find a great engine collection that starts with some very early examples and goes through the 1970s, plus a Springfield 1858 percussion long gun. We have many photos on our web site and will add more as we dig out. There is a large amount of parts and they will be placed with the motorcycles that they belong with or sold by the box lots. For example, we found a Yamaha TD1 engine, brakes and a fuel tank that look new. We found many toys, some in boxes and some rusty. There is a lot of treasure here and it will all sell to the highest bidder.

Gilera Saturno

Gilera Saturnos are a rare sight in the U.S.; the auction will feature two.