So much for that dream of one day owning a Vincent! LOL

The latest results from the Bonhams Auctions. She’s a real Beauty though.
CREDIT DOUBLE RED 1952 Vincent 998cc Montlhery Black Shadow 300dpi

The Bonhams auction at the International Classic MotorCycle Show at the Staffordshire County Showground topped £1.4 million on Sunday 28th April, with the top-selling lot a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow, which realised £113,500.
The fully-restored, ex-works machine formed part of the factory’s bid to set a new 24-hour speed record at Montlhéry in France in May 1952. Although mechanical failures prevented the bid from being successful, the British team returned home with eight new records, including six hours at over 100mph.
Among other auction highlights was a 1931 Brough Superior SS80 motorcycle won in a raffle more than 40 years ago and a 1914 Indian Model F once owned by legendary Hollywood actor Steve McQueen.
The latter sold to a European telephone bidder for £32,200, while the SS80 realised £57,500 – more than a million times the cost of the 1972 raffle ticket. Starting life as a sidecar outfit with Ipswich Police, the motorcycle was converted to solo trim and later offered as first prize in a fund-raising raffle at the Brough Superior Club. Tickets were sold for five pence each, or 50 pence for a book of 10, and second and third prizes respectively were 10 and five gallons of oil.
An eclectic selection of 30 machines owned by the late Clifford Jones proved popular with bidders, selling for a total of more than £175,000. The collection featured a number of 1950s ‘cafe racers’, as well as much modern-day racing and superbike machinery.
Meanwhile in the automobilia section, two Akai Yamaha race helmets worn by the legendary Barry Sheene in the 1980s fetched a combined total of £10,000, selling for £6,875 (Lot 105) and £3,125 (Lot 104) respectively.
Ben Walker, Head of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department, said: “Once again our auction at the ‘International’ Classic proved to be exactly that, with interest from bidders from across the globe.
“Record-breaking machines like the 1952 Vincent Black Shadow and the movie star charisma of Steve McQueen were among the draws for the crowd, and there was fierce competition for the Ducatis in the collection of the late Clifford Jones.”
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Please credit the Vincent image to ‘Double Red’. All other images are ‘Courtesy of Bonhams’

Sigh… I wish I had some “real” money. The latest offerings from Bonhams.


For immediate release (Images available on request)
20th February 2013
Motorcycle section of €13 million sale at the Grand Palais more than doubled its 2011 total at €857,625, with 87 per cent sold
The top-selling lot was a 1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle at €40,250, while two single-owner motorcycle collections realised a combined total of almost €600,000
The Bonhams Motorcycle department’s second visit to the historic Grand Palais in Paris on Thursday 7th February was a resounding success, with €857,625 realised – more than double the department’s 2011 sale total.
Two headline collections realised a combined total of almost €600,000. Top-selling lot in the Garelli Grand Prix Collection was a 1926 Garelli 348cc Racing Motorcycle at €29,900, while a 1917 Indian 7hp Powerplus led the way among the bikes of the late Claude Lesellier, selling for €28,750.
Top motorcycle lots were a 1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle at €40,250, a 1952 Vincent 998cc Series-C Rapide at €37,950, and a c.1941 Zündapp KS750 ‘Sahara’ Motorcycle Combination at €35,650.
Immediately after the auction, a 1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve was sold for €40,090.
The entire auction – Bonhams’ second visit to the venue following the spectacular success of its debut sale in 2011 – realised just short of €13 million from 86 cars, 84 motorcycles and more than 100 lots of automobilia, with successful bidders from 27 countries worldwide.
Ben Walker, Director of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department, said: “After starting the year with the department’s most successful sale ever in Las Vegas, we are delighted to have once again beaten our previous sale total on our second visit to the Grand Palais in Paris.
“We now look ahead to our spring Stafford sale at the International Classic MotorCycle Show on Sunday 28 April, hopeful that we can continue this run of success.”
To discuss consignments for the auction on Sunday 28 April call +44 (0) 20 8963 2817 or email
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In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller…

… “if you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. They are so… choice.”

The latest from Bonhams


More than 50 bikes from Jenkins Collection will be offered at no reserve.

Bonhams is privileged to offer for sale the collection of motorcycles assembled by Gloucester-based dentist and keen motorcycle enthusiast, the late Evan Aled Jenkins, who died last year.

The collection, which will go on sale at the Bonhams October Stafford Sale at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on Sunday 21st October, comprises more than 50 motorcycles offered without reserve. The machines are mainly Japanese with some British and Italian representation, and include some of the most desirable limited-edition models of recent times.

Foremost among the latter is the 2002 Yamaha 750cc YZF-R7 (also known as the OW-02), one of only 500 of this exotic production racer built to meet the homologation requirements of the World Superbike Championship. Unused and unregistered (but with DVLA entitlement to the most appropriate number plate: ‘OW02 YAM’), it is estimated to fetch between £12,000 and £14,000.

Other highlights from the collection are:

A limited edition 1999 Honda TT100 Fireblade Evolution (£4,000 – £4,500)
A 2002 Honda SP-1 Joey Dunlop commemorative model (£2,500 – £3,000)
A 2005 Bimota YB11 (£4,000 – £4,500)
A 1994 Ducati 916SPS Fogarty Replica (£2,500 – £3,000)
A 1978 Honda CBX1000 (£6,700 – £7,200)
A 2000 Yoshimura Suzuki GSXR1300R Hayabusa X-1 Suzuka 8-Hour Replica (£5,000 – £5,500)
A 1999 Honda CBR1200XX Super Blackbird 50th Anniversary model (£7,000 – £8,000)
A 2000 Bimota SBR6 (£5,000 – £5,500)
The ex-Holeshot Racing, Jarrod Frost, British Land Speed Record 1999 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa (£2,000 – £2,500)

Ben Walker, Head of the Motorcycle Department at Bonhams, said: “It is a privilege to offer this wonderful collection of modern-day classics on behalf of Aled’s family. I can see exactly what Aled was trying to accomplish with his collection, and his passion and enthusiasm for machines is clearly evident.

“We anticipate a total entry of around 180 machines for our bi-annual sale at Stafford held in conjunction with The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, which is one of the most important sales that takes place during the year and the barometer for values and prices.”

There’s a Bimota or two in there I wouldn’t mind toying around on.

A beautiful pre production1948 500t (trials) Norton from an upcoming “Harry Lindsay Collection” auction. Courtesy of Bonhams.

Gorgeous. Click through for a nice high resolution image. They do get quite the bikes.

Over 30 motorcycles from the collection of the Irish motorcycle legend, Harry Lindsay, are to feature in Bonhams next auction at the Classic Motorcycle Show in Stafford, on 29th April 2012. The collection is expected to fetch over £200,000 in total.  Highlights include an ‘as new’ McIntosh Norton 500cc Manx (£25,000-30,000) together with a matching McIntosh Norton 350cc Manx (£22,000-27,000).
Bonhams is delighted to announce the consignment of the Harry Lindsay Motorcycle Collection. Harry’s family has long been synonymous with motorcycle production, racing and sales, his grandfather responsible for the creation of one of Ireland’s earliest motorcycles: the ‘Celtic’.
In 1926 Harry’s grandfather and father set up premises in 26 Great Ship Street, Dublin, the same premises from which Harry acted as Irelands major importer of Bultaco motorcycles and Honda spares, forging a lasting relationship with Snr Bulto, and entered Bultacos in the 1967 Production 250cc TT, riders Bill Smith and Tommy Rob placing 1st and 2nd, together with the Australian Kevin Cass placing 6th after engine trouble.
Harry was the Republic of Ireland’s Vincent agent and a good friend of Philip Vincent, and can lay claim to being one of only a handful of riders fortunate enough to ride Reg Dearden’s supercharged Vincent Black Lightning. Cousin of Reg Armstrong (Senior TT winner in 1952), Harry taught Reg to ride during ‘The Emergency’.  One of Harry’s closest friendships was with Stanley Woods, Harry and Stanley taking turns to visit one another at weekends.  Harry would insist on there being a subject to discuss during their visits, many of which are detailed in his book.
Harry comments on the sale, “So now after all my enjoyments, disappointments, interests and satisfactions the time arrived to make a decision. I did make that decision and that was to let the bikes go to be enjoyed by others of equal interest and lesser years.  I am now in my eighty sixth year and I would love to know what happens to them (motorcycles).”
The collection of over 30 motorcycles includes an ex-Stanley Woods/Bert Perrigo 1939 BSA 350cc B25 Competition Motorcycle  (£8,000-12,000); an ‘as new’ McIntosh Norton 500cc Model 30 Manx (£25,000-30,000) together with matching McIntosh Norton 350cc Model 40 Manx (£22,000-27,000); 1912 Rudge Whitworth 499cc (£8,000-12,000); a brace of Norton 500Ts including the 1948 Rex McCandless-designed pre-production model supplied by Norton to Chick Gibson (£7,000-10,000) and a circa 1928 Dunelt 499cc (£6,000-8,000) to list but a few.
Further early consignments to the sale include a c.1900 Singer Gents Motor Bicycle (£19,500-23,000); Sammy Miller restored 1904 Humber 2¾hp (£17,000-20,000); 1912 Matchless 8hp Model 7B (£14,000-18,000); One of four constructed, c.1958 Benelli 248cc Grand Prix racing motorcycle (£70,000-100,000); a particularly rare 1961 Fruin 200cc four-cylinder racing motorcycle (£8,000-10,000); 1992 Titchmarsh Seeley-Matchless 496c G50 Racing Motorcycle (£6,000-8,000); Matching numbers, 1937 Brough Superior 980cc SS80 (£30,000-35,000); Fully restored 1955 Vincent 998cc Series D Black Shadow (£60,000-70,000); 1936 Vincent-HRD 499cc Series A TT Replica (£30,000-36,000); 1928 Grindlay-Peerless 346cc (£5,000-6,000) and the Ex-Gerald Selby 1937 Rudge 499cc Ulster TT Replica (£4,500-5,500);
One of our premier motorcycle sales, the Stafford Spring Sale is the event at which to buy and sell pioneer, vintage and collectors’ motorcycles. To consign a machine to the sale or to discuss in confidence any aspect of buying or selling collectors’ motorcycles at Bonhams please contact our London office or visit our website for details of your nearest representative:
Image caption: Pre-production, 1948 Norton 500T Trials (£7,000-10,000)
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Notes for Editors
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The $332,000 Brough Superior “Moby Dick”

Another very high resolution shot from the fine folks at Bonhams Auction house. It’s hard to believe the economy is in the tank when you see sales like this. I suppose the “real” money never stops looking for great value. Remarkable bike!

Bonhams’ sale on Sunday, 16th October 2011 at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at Stafford was a resounding success with a sale total of £1.7million and 84% sold by value.

The top lot of the day was the 1929 Brough Superior SS100 known as ‘Moby Dick’. Hailed in its day as ‘the fastest privately owned machine in the world suitable for road use’, this magnificent motorcycle attracted multiple bidders. Tested by Motor Cycling magazine in 1931, ‘Moby Dick’ achieved a top speed of 106mph, a staggering achievement at a time when very few road vehicles of any sort were capable of reaching three-figure speeds. Further tuning of the modified 1,142cc v-twin engine later raised that figure to 115mph in top (third) gear, with 109mph achievable in second. Sold but later repurchased by the vendor’s family, Moby Dick was restored in 1998 and since then has continued to delight and amaze enthusiasts wherever it appears.

Three other Brough Superiors made it into the top ten. The 1924 980cc SS80 represented a rare opportunity to purchase one of the earliest surviving and most original examples of the model, and after spirited bidding realised £100,500 (estimate £75,000-95,000).

The 1930 Black Alpine 680 restoration project sold for £40,550 (estimate of £25,000-35,000), and the 1933 ‘11-50’ that took the ‘best original in show’ award at the BSOC Rally in 2004 fetched £34,500 (estimate £32,000-38,000).

Other significant results include a 1906 Minerva 4½hp V-Twin (£26,450), a 1911 Douglas 2¾hp Model D (£18,400), 1953 Matchless 498cc G45 (£36,700), 1955 BSA 500cc Gold Star ‘barn find’ restoration project (£8,280), a 1969 Kawasaki 500cc Mach III/H1 (£12,650), a 1972 Triumph X75 Hurricane (£24,150), and a 1979 Ducati 864cc Mike Hailwood Replica (£12,075).

Ben Walker, Head of Motorcycles at Bonhams, comments, “Restoration projects were in strong demand with some outstanding results achieved in this category. But any machine with good history and a high level of originality (regardless of condition) was keenly contested by discerning collectors and enthusiasts.”

The Fonzi Bike that’s been making the rounds with some interesting background info.

A big thank you once again to Bonhams Auction House for the excellent studio shot of this very cool collectible. I’m old enough (and not too embarrassed to say) that I watched this show regularly when it aired originally. and you know, all nostalgia aside. It’s a cool bike all on it’s own. Great Stuff!

The article in Cycle World, March 2000, was written by Associate Editor, Wendy Black, who interviewed Bud Ekins and our consignor, Marshall Ehlers, of Mean Marshall’s Motorcycles of Oakland, CA, among others.

From her research, it was discovered that through the Happy Days series, there were four motorcycles in total. The first, a Harley Davidson, was deemed too much to handle on camera, and was exchanged for a Triumph. This was verified by Mr. Henry Winkler’s agent. There were three of these Triumphs used, a 1949 square-barrel, a c.1952 round-barrel Trophy, and one other. In talking to Paramount studio executives, Bud Ekins, etc., Wendy traced the story on each of these bikes: the c.1952 bike was rented from and returned to Bud Ekins who sold it to a dealer, who then passed it through a now-defunct auction company; the 3rd bike was sourced from someone other than Ekins, but was stolen from Paramount’s storage; and the 1949 Trophy was returned to Ekins, who then sold it to Marshal Ehlers of Mean Marshall’s Motorcycles, and is the motorcycle to be offered for sale at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles on November 12th by Bonhams. This is documented in the Cycle World article in 2000.

The motorcycle offered was featured in the television series, on camera, and can be seen in the attached photographs from the show, in promo shots, and was even the bike on the box of The Fonz and his Bike model kit from MPC. I have attached photos for you.

It is in original condition, as it was on the set of the television show. The kickstart was replaced for the show, as the original, non-folding type kept gouging Mr. Winkler’s leg (we all know how that feels!!), and the front fender was removed for a more aggressive look. Both of these items will accompany the bike together with an original copy of the 2000 magazine. I have attached a scan of the article.

I’ll try to get the article converted over. I actually have that cycle World issue at home.

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.

A stunning Laverda 750SFC at auction. Bonhams Auction House.

Thank You once again to Katherine Boyle at Bonhams for the beautiful photo of the Laverda and the information on the auctions.


A wonderful selection of classic Italian and Japanese motorcycles are among the highlights of Bonhams annual sale at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford on 16th October 2011.

The 1979 Ducati 864cc Mike Hailwood Replica in the auction is offered for sale by its original owner and has covered fewer than 23,000 miles from new. A landmark model that kept Ducati afloat during the 1980s, the Hailwood Replica owes its existence to Mike’s legendary Isle of Man TT comeback victory in the 1978 Production Race riding an ex-works NCR bike entered and prepared by Manchester-based Ducati dealer, Sports Motor Cycles. Unrestored, the Ducati comes with full history from new (estimate £7,000 – 10,000).

Another Italian thoroughbred, but even rarer, the 250cc Villa V4 on offer is a faithful replica of Francesco Villa’s doomed Grand Prix racer of 1969, which was rendered obsolete by the FIM’s rule change limiting the class to a maximum of two cylinders. Constructed by an ex-Villa employee using many genuine original parts, the Villa was completed in 2008 and has been tested by Alan Cathcart for ‘Classic Racer’ magazine (£25,000 – 34,000).

The Laverda 750SFC production racer is one of the most sought after of post-war Italian motorcycles and the 1971 model in the sale was originally campaigned by the UK importers, Slater Brothers. Known as ‘Leaping Lena’, the Laverda was track tested at Silverstone in 1971 by Ray Knight for Motorcyclist Illustrated magazine. Its first private owner was the late Jim Berkheimer, founding president of the Laverda Owners Club. The machine passed to the current owner in 1975 (£35,000-40,000).

No Stafford October sale would be complete without a healthy compliment of Japanese motorcycles and this year’s line-up is a headed by an important collection of wonderfully restored Kawasaki’s including: 1969 Kawasaki 498cc H1 (£8,000-10,000), 1973 Kawasaki 746cc Z2 (£8,000-10,000), 1973 Kawasaki 900cc Z1 (£10,000-12,000), 1974 Kawasaki 903cc Z1A (£7,000-9,000) and 1975 Kawasaki 903cc Z1B (£7,000-9,000).

Ben Walker, Head of Motorcycles at Bonhams, comments, “These machines are firmly in keeping with the ethos of the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show as well as reflecting the growing interest and enthusiasm in machines of the 60s and 70s.”

For sale enquiries please contact Ben Walker on 08700 273616 or

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The Last Brough Superior Ever Produced.

Thanks to Katherine and the folks at Bonhams for this outstanding high quality photo (I’m posting it in full resolution) of the Last Brough Superior ever produced which will be coming up for auction shortly. If I was a man of sufficient means I do believe that I would buy this bike. Just Stupendous.



Following the ultra-rare 1954 AJS E95 “Porcupine” factory racer to Bonhams Quail Lodge auction in California on 18 August, is another very rare and desirable motorcycle – the very last Brough Superior SS100 to roll off the production line has now been consigned to the sale.

Considered one of the greatest motorcycles ever made, and famous for consistently being the most coveted and valuable sold at auction, the SS100 was the flagship model of the bespoke English Brough Superior brand. This exclusive 1940 example – the last to come with full factory records – is a gem of historical significance as it represents the final chapter of one of the world’s most legendary machines. It carries an estimate of $350,000-$400,000.

A pair of British Coventry-Eagle Flying-8 motorcycles, a 1925 SV and a 1928 OHV, has been consigned from a collection in England. Both uncommon and highly sought-after, the Flying-8 model was regarded as one of the most attractive –and most expensive– motorcycles of its time. The latter machine, one of very few known to exist, was considered a superbike of the 1920s and was a worthy rival of Brough Superior and a formidable Brooklands racer. Rarely seen on the open market, these elegant, hand-built speed machines are estimated at $100,000 and $250,000, respectively.

Yet another legendary British motorcycle marque, Vincent, will be represented by the utterly unique Black Prince model. Described by its creator Phil Vincent as a “two-wheeled Bentley,” this enclosed motorcycle was truly ahead of its time and a real performance machine, even if opinion of its avant-garde styling was mixed. The 1955 Vincent Black Prince carries an estimate of $120,000-$140,000.

Additionally, a highly desirable American 1928 Henderson Deluxe Four, originally sold to South Africa, will be on offer with an estimate of $60,000-$70,000.

These and other exceptional motorcycles and motorcars will be auctioned at Bonhams’ 14th annual sale at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, on Thursday and Friday, August 18-19. As this is the first time a dedicated live auction of motorcycles will be held during the 60+ years of the famed Pebble Beach Car Week, the opportunities for sellers are unprecedented. Owners interested in consigning highly unique motorcycles to this anticipated event may call 415-391-4000 or e-mail one of the following Bonhams motorcycle specialists:

Ben Walker, International Director of Motorcycles, London:
Nick Smith, US Director of Motorcycles, Los Angeles:
David Edwards, Motorcycle Specialist: