40-motorcycle Salamon Collection going to auction

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1970 Clymer Munch from the 'Mike' Salmon Collection | Bonhams photos

Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale will feature the late Miklos “Mike” Salamon’s motorcycle collection, which includes a 1970 Clymer Munch 1177cc TTS “Mammoth,” a 1940 Indian 78ci Four and a 1973 MV Agusta 750S.

The auction is scheduled for April 22.

1973 MV Agusta

On the docket are 40 machines from the Salamon Collection. Salamon bought his first motorycle when he was 18 and just beginning his mining career in South Africa. He later went to Australia and then England and, after a successful merger, emerged with the world’s largest mining company BHP Billiton.

After his retirement, he focused on seeking his “dream” motorcycles, which he had restored by top marque specialists, according to Bonhams. His collection grew from a workshop in Cranleigh to a larger facility in Guildford, which he filled with what Bonhams termed “beautiful, rare and immaculately maintained machines.”

“This collection represents the very pinnacle of motorcycle collecting and illustrates the passion and dedication poured in to the motorcycles by Mike,” Ben Walker, international head of the motorcycle department at Bonhams, said in a news release.

Bonhams said the highlights of the Salamon Collection include (with pre-auction estimated values):

• 1970 Clymer Munch 1177cc TTS “Mammoth” ($96,600 to $138,000).
• 1940 Indian 78cc Four ($38,600 to $48,300).
• 1973 MV Agusta 750S ($96,600 to $125,000).
• 1974 Ducati 750 GT ($22,000 to $27,600).
• 1979 Honda CBX 1000Z ($13,800 to $19,000).
• 1965 BMW 594cc R69S ($13,800 to $19,000). 
• 1976 Kawaski Z900 A4 ($11,000 to $16,500).
• 1977 Benelli 75cc Sei ($11,000 to $16,500).
• 1970 Triumph T120R Bonneville ($7,000 to $9,700)

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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