Bonhams Pioneer, Vintage & Collectors’ Motorcycle Sale Reaps £3,376,045

1923 Nimbus 746cc Four
1923 Nimbus 746cc Four

Spectacular sales figures reflected an amazing auction event at the Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale, which took place this weekend (21 and 22 April) at the International Classic MotorCycle Show.

A staggering 92% of lots were sold, achieving a total of £3,376,045.

Several world records were broken, including the 1970 Clymer Münch 1,177cc TTS ‘Mammoth’ which achieved a staggering £154,940 and the 1973 MV Agusta 750S which realised £96,700, the highest prices ever achieved for these models at auction.

Clymer Mulch
1970 Clymer Münch 1,177cc TTS ‘Mammoth’

The top lot of the sale was the 1931 Brough Superior 981cc SS100, which sold for a staggering £264,700, well above its pre-sale estimate of £170,000-220,000. The machine sold to a bidder in the room after an intense and lengthy six-way bidding battle. Proceeds of the sale are to benefit not one, but three charities; the Search and Rescue Dog Association, the RNLI and the Salvation Army.

Brough Superior
1931 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 – sold for a staggering £264,700

James Stensel, (Head of Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles UK) said: we were incredibly honoured to have been appointed to sell such a special machine. The result exceeded all expectations and demonstrates the strength of the Brough Superior market and the length bidders will go to support such worthy causes.

A highlight of the sale was the 1974 Ducati 750SS Project which sold for more than three times its pre-sale estimate, selling for an impressive £106,780 to a bidder in the room after a lengthy bidding exchange, proving the continued interest in the early Ducati round cases and rare and exciting projects.

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Many machines achieved well above their pre-sale estimates, such as the 1923 Nimbus 746cc Four which achieved £55,200 against an estimate of £12,000-16,000, and the 1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police which sold for £68,700 against an estimate of £40,000-50,000.

There were several single-owner collections in the sale, including the impressive machines from the distinguished collector Miklos Salamon. The collection was 100% sold, with all 42 machines finding new owners. Highlights included the 1950 Vincent 998cc ‘Chinese Red’ Touring Rapide (£68,700) and the 1940 Indian 78ci Four (£68,700).

1950 Vincent 998cc 'Chinese Red' Touring Rapide
1950 Vincent 998cc ‘Chinese Red’ Touring Rapide

Ben Walker, International Department Director, commented:
“We are delighted to open the UK motorcycle auction season with such strong results. The range of lots on offer was extensive and far-reaching, from barn find projects to vintage machines and modern superbikes – all achieving impressive prices. With some 300 machines in the sale, Bonhams demonstrated the breadth of its expertise and we were thrilled to break several world records and set new precedent on values.”

Malcolm Barber, Co-Chairman of Bonhams and the auctioneer of the sale, added:
“Once again, our Spring Stafford Sale has been a record-breaker. The huge spread of machines brought in interest from all corners of the globe, and we were delighted with the strong 92% sell-through rate.”

Other highlights included:

– 1957 F.B Mondial 250cc DOHC Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle sold for £92,220
– 1926 Coventry-Eagle 981cc Flying-8 achieved £65,340
– 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four sold for £20,700, double its estimate of £7,000-10,000
– 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight & Steib 501 Sidecar realised £63,100
– The ex-JD Potts, 1929 Grindlay-Peerless 498cc Brooklands ‘Hundred Model’ (Lacey Replica) sold for £57,500

Full catalogue can been found here.

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