"Could you give me a value or range of value for a 1952 Royal Enfield 500cc thumper, that is in totally restored, museum quality condition? Thanks. Dave."
Emails like these are among the most common I receive. That seems perfectly natural, since this blog is devoted to listing Royal Enfield motorcycles for sale in the United States.
But wait. Is Dave in the United States? Prices vary. Any Royal Enfield would be almost one-of-a-kind around here, but not so rare in the UK.
But wait. What model Royal Enfield is it? Dave calls it a "500cc thumper." That would suggest a single cylinder, but the reference material I have tells me the 500cc single came along only in 1953, not 1952. Could Dave's motorcycle be the 500cc twin of 1952? That would make it more valuable to some, less to others.
But wait. Is Dave seeking to price a motorcycle he wants to sell or is he asking the value of a motorcycle he has an eye on buying? Depending on the answer, I'd suggest he ask high but offer low.
|Flat-sided tool box lids say "1952" |
but the five-speed gearbox says "2012."
|Another picture from the same seller with the five-speed |
already installed in an obviously much older Royal Enfield.
Even more important can be the emotional attachment the seller has to the motorcycle, the enthusiasm of the potential buyer and how much a dollar means to each of them at the moment.
And there is one more thing: I am not and do not claim to be an expert on Royal Enfield motorcycles. I'm just an enthusiastic fan of the brand. You can't go by me. All Royal Enfields are under priced, if you ask me!
All I could advise Dave is that he open negotiations and see where the price falls.