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1928 motorbike has bidders purring at motor auction

PUBLISHED: 12:33 02 April 2019

The 1928 DoT 150cc that sold for £2,700 at an automobilia auction in Diss. Picture: TW Gaze

The 1928 DoT 150cc that sold for £2,700 at an automobilia auction in Diss. Picture: TW Gaze

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They may not be as famous as Triumph, BSA or Norton, but DoT motorcycles have a unique place in British motorcycle history.

The 1928 DoT 150cc that sold for £2,700 at an automobilia auction in Diss. Picture: TW GazeThe 1928 DoT 150cc that sold for £2,700 at an automobilia auction in Diss. Picture: TW Gaze

And a rare recently restored 1928 DoT bike — the letters stand for Devoid of Trouble — was the star lot when it went under the hammer at an automobilia auction at TW Gaze sale rooms in Diss.

DoT was started back in 1903 by Harry Reed. Like most British motorcycle producers he started with the production of the bicycle. His first motorcycle was made in 1906. That year Reed won the world championship for the flying kilometre at Blackpool and was also a winner at the 1908 Isle of Mann TT.

Reed left the company in 1925 and although DoT continued to be well known on the racing circuit the arrival of the depression saw DoT cease production in 1932. However the marque was kept alive though pedal powered three-wheeled delivery trucks aimed at the milk and ice cream trade.

Jaguar flask, Rene Lalique Cote D'Azur mascot and 'Trojan Carssign which were all big sellers at an automobilia auction in Diss. Pictures: TW GazeJaguar flask, Rene Lalique Cote D'Azur mascot and 'Trojan Carssign which were all big sellers at an automobilia auction in Diss. Pictures: TW Gaze

The 1928 DoT 150cc sold for £2,700 at the Diss sale. It was not the biggest price however as a 1929 Rene Lalique Cote D’Azur frosted and clear glass car hood mascot sold for £4,200.

Other notable sellers were a Jaguar flask ‘’SS’’ chromed in the form of a radiator that fetched £340; a pair of bakerlite coils from a Rolls Royce Phantom III that sold for £260; and a double sided enamel ‘’Trojan Cars and Vans Sales & Service Depot’’ sign for £220.

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