Another outstanding Bonhams Brough Superior.

Another excellent High resolution of a soon to be auctioned Brough Superior.

Thank you to Katherine Boyle as always for the great photo and background information on such a timeless machine.


Bonhams are returning to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on 16th November 2011 with another exceptional line up at their auction of Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles. Highlights include a 1928 Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle which is estimated to sell for £165,000-185,000.

This interesting early SS100 was re-commissioned for road use in the 1990s having previously been used for sprinting and other speed events by racing motorcyclist and Brough Superior Club President, Dick Knight. It would appear that Dick purchased the Brough in the 1970s and it proved to be a capable and exciting machine in speed events.

Other exceptional motorcycles that are expected to attract interest include a 1955 Vincent Series-D Black Shadow (£34,000-38,000), a 1950 Norton 500cc International (£17,000-20,000) and a 1939 Ariel Square Four (£12,000-16,000) as well as a collection of exciting ‘barn finds’ including a 1956 BSA CB32 Gold Star (£300-500) and c.1956 Triumph 5T (£200-400).

Ben Walker, Head of Motorcycles at Bonhams, comments, “Harrogate always provides an excellent environment in which to offer a collectable motorcycle. The results and percentage sold are consistently high and it always attracts an international audience.”

The top lots in the Motor Car section of the sale include a remarkable 1953 Bentley R-Type Special Roadster (£35,000-45,000), which was created by renowned engineer and long standing RREC member the late Alan Archer.

Another highlight is a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupé (£20,000-25,000). Significantly, the 280SE 3.5 was to be the final Mercedes-Benz model to feature this long-established and much admired body style, and today these last-of-the-line classics are highly sought after by discerning Mercedes-Benz collectors.

A 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon (£22,000-25,000) is also expected to prove popular with bidders.

John Polson, Specialist in Bonhams Motoring Dept, comments, “Bonhams are delighted to be returning to Harrogate, one of our best attended and most dynamic auctions, which offers the ideal opportunity to auction collectors motor cars in a user friendly and internationally renowned venue.”

Also to be offered at the Harrogate sale will be assorted lots of Automobilia including a rare and early double sided Chevrolet Sales & Service enamel forecourt sign, a collection of Touring and Racing bicycles, various glass petrol pump globes, garage equipment, mascots, motoring books and other motoring related memorabilia.

For further press information please contact Katherine Boyle on 0207 468 8363 or /

If I had a few hundred thousand dollars (or more) to spare this would be on my short list.

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