1966 Wards Riverside 250

HIGH BID: $3,250

Reserve price has not been met.

This auction has ended.

Next Auction Ending >

Description

The seller has also included the following walkaround video:

Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

Back in the 1960s, Montgomery Ward entered the motorcycle market in order order to capitalize on the two-wheeled trend. Accordingly, the American department store giant imported a number of motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters — from a variety of manufacturers like Benelli, Bianchi, Lambretta, and Motobecane — and sold them under the Riverside brand. Though the resulting bikes were generally on the smaller side, their displacement ranged from 49cc to 356cc, making up two-strokes and four-strokes alike.

One such model was the Wards Riverside 250. Produced in Italy by Benelli, it featured a 245cc air-cooled four-stroke single. Output was estimated to be around 20hp, which proved plenty of grunt for the bike’s svelte 231-pound curb weight. What’s more, Wards Riverside advertised an impressive 70mpg fuel economy.

Elsewhere, the bike boasted standard equipment like a set of telescopic forks, dual shocks, an 18-inch front wheel, a 17-inch rear wheel, as well as drum brakes front and rear. Because Riversides were available via mail-order, they shipped partially assembled with a corresponding tool kit. If you’d like to learn more, check out this reproduction advertisement!

This example is VIN: 13143, engine #: HS*12930*,  model #: FFA-61-14017 D, serial #: 76. The seller acquired the bike as part of a collection, from a widow whose husband frequently restored vintage motorcycles.


During his onwership, the seller has covered approximately two miles. The odometer shows 3,750 miles.

Maintenance:
Per the seller, this Wards Riverside 250 received a full restoration under previous ownership.

Modifications:
The seller notes that this example is a “completely original bike.”

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on IRC tires with date codes of 1016 and 3416.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located in Vero Beach, Florida, this Wards Riverside is offered on a clean Florida title. Have any 250 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information

Location

Vero Beach, Florida

Year

1966

Make

Wards Riverside

Model

250

Mileage

True Mileage Unknown

VIN

13143

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

Florida

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

VIN Report

N/A

Total Bids Placed: 11

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: m***********d

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
m***********d May 24, 2024 12:04 pm PDT $3,250
c****4 May 24, 2024 12:04 pm PDT $3,150 Auto
c****4 May 24, 2024 12:03 pm PDT $3,100
m***********d May 24, 2024 12:03 pm PDT $3,000 Auto
m***********d May 19, 2024 9:25 am PDT $2,600 Auto
t***********t May 19, 2024 9:25 am PDT $2,500
m***********d May 19, 2024 9:25 am PDT $1,600 Auto
t***********t May 19, 2024 9:25 am PDT $1,500
m***********d May 19, 2024 9:25 am PDT $600 Auto
t***********t May 19, 2024 9:25 am PDT $500
m***********d May 19, 2024 8:47 am PDT $1
Auction started May 17, 2024 9:24 am PDT
Subscribe
Notify of
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Shipping Information

Continental US:
Iconic has several private shipping partners that criss-cross the country for us. Please email transport@iconicmotorbikes.com or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to request a quote.

Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf.

Please note:

  • spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
  • the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.
  • additional details can be found here

California/Nevada/Arizona
We are located in Santa Monica, California 90405. On a case-by-case basis, we can transport motorcycles in our van. Please email transport@iconicmotorbikes.com or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to request a quote.

Alaska/Hawaii:
Please email transport@iconicmotorbikes.com or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to request a quote.

Canada:
We recommend TFX

$2,000 for Los Angeles, CA to Canada is a ROUGH ballpark, please contact TFX for an exact quote including shipping and customs.

Europe and Asia:
We recommend Shippio

$5,000 for US to Europe/Asia is a VERY ROUGH ballpark which includes transport as well as customs fees and duties. Please contact Shippio for an exact quote.

Australia/New Zealand:
We recommend Bikes Abroad

$3,000 for US to Australia is a ROUGH ballpark, please contact Bikes Abroad for an exact quote including shipping and customs.

Sorry, VIN Report not available.

Iconic Motorbike Auctions