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#848960 05/14/2021 6:48 PM
by jfligg
Hello I am looking at a 1968 t120. It is a older restoration and a good running bike. it is non matching numbers. I was wondering what would be a fair market value? Thanks Jeff
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#848987 May 15th a 03:54 AM
by henryanthony
jfligg, I think the 68 in question is worth between $4,500 - $8,000 USD. Ten years ago I bought a similar 70 for $4,500 but numbers matched and it ran as it did when, as the seller told it, "It ran when it was put away in the garage" for the last 30 years. So, the $4,500 is on the low end in my opinion. I would say $8,000 for something nicely cleaned up, running well and looking good. A Tip-Top Resto can go for $20,000 or, used to go for that much. I think the market has been dropping these days, not to mention the number of people interested in old Brit bikes. I do think the numbers not matching is a large factor with respect to value though. There is a lot to juggle here. Low ball the guy! Just my opinion.
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#848969 May 14th a 09:49 PM
by Irish Swede
Irish Swede
First of all, if it is a non-matching numbers bike, by definition it is NOT a "restoration."

It's a "bitsa", a bike made up of parts from two or more other bikes.
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#849036 May 16th a 12:11 AM
by Jon W. Whitley
Jon W. Whitley
Originally Posted by desco
It's worth whatever you are willing to pay

I'm tired of seeing this statement as if it is the be-all and end-all. In this particular case, jfligg is a long-time BritBike member and long-time owner of various British motorcycles and deserves a much better and detailed answer.
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#848976 May 14th a 11:02 PM
by NickL
OR one that's been blown up and the cases replaced.
'Restoring' a lot of these old crates sometimes involves replacing cases.
As new ones aren't available the choice is to file off the old number and
re stamp it or just leave the numbers there.
It doesn't make it any less of a bike just 'cos the numbers don't match.
If you are paying silly money for it and want to just polish and talk about it
to people at shows, then make sure the numbers match or they'll delight
in telling you how unoriginal it is and show you lots of sales brochure photo's.

Don't take any notice of engine numbers. if the bike's for riding, smile
at the rivet counters and raise two fingers.
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