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How do you value a vintage tandem?

Steve Goss2020-08-01 10:55:38

My wife and I bought a 1940s Jack Taylor tandem back in 1978 and now (very reluctantly) have decided it's time to sell it on. It has mostly original equipment except that we fitted derailleur gears and is in pretty good condition. I would appreciate any advice on the best way to sell a vintage tandem like this and, if we end up using a service such as The Tandem Club's "for sale" board where we have to specify the asking price, how do we work out what it's worth? Any thoughts gratefully received. Thank you!

John Holiday2020-08-01 11:24:28

Difficult to calculate its value, but you may find a collector would wish to add classic machine to collection. 

Another possibility might be Veteran Cycle Club For Sale section in their News & Views.

Again, might appeal to collector.

What ever you do,don't  scrap it!

Brian Stephen Reid2020-08-01 16:17:38

Hi Steve, 

If you go to eBay's Advanced Search feature for 'Jack Taylor Tandem', you'll see what they've sold for - adjust your asking price accourding to the condition of yours. We sell hundreds of vintage cycles each year, but you'll get more by selling it yourself.



Golden Age Cycles, Bicester

Steve Goss2020-08-02 18:07:46
Thanks so much John and Brian - very helpful. I'll check out the suggestions!
Colin Beckwith2020-09-03 21:51:38

Vintage tandems are a buyers market. They are so under-valued. The general tandem market seems to bottom out at about £400 with "quick sales" going for less. Things like provenance and rarity will take the value upwards. Sadly modernity and fashion seem to command higher asking prices at present. Veteran Cycle Club is a base worth covering and may offer more insights on value. As owner of 50s tandem and 30s solo, I know that the open market will never come close to the value I attach to them. Don't know if that's helpful but good luck!