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V-Twins headline Bonhams spring motorcycle sale


V-Twin motorcycles by Brough Superior, Zenith and Coventry-Eagle headline the docket for Bonhams annual Spring Stafford Sale, scheduled for April 27-28 at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford, England. 

Bonhams said it will parade more than 600 motorcycles across the auction block during the sale.

“Arguably the ultimate Vintage-era Brough Superior is the 1926 Brough Superior 986cc SS100 Alpine Grand Sports,” Bonhams said in its announcement. Synonymous with performance, engineering and quality of finish, this was the superbike of its day and remains so more than 90 years later. 

“It has had several long-term owners, including a family who used it for holidays over 30 years, covering an impressive 100,000 miles up and down Britain. In 1986, it was acquired by its current owner and restored with the help of several recognized specialists across Europe. 

“A true ‘riders-machine,’ it features several modifications to improve reliability and practicality, including an anti-theft switch and an electrical generator (concealed behind gearbox). A remarkable and incredibly well-documented example of one of the most legendary Brough Superiors.”

Bonhams expects the bike to sell for £140,000 to £180,000 ($185,750 to $238,820).

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1925 Coventry-Eagle 981cc Flying 8 is another V-Twin on the auction docket

Also on the docket is a 1924 Brough Superior 980cc SS80 delivered new in Germany but a year later was imported to England and upgraded with an SS100 gearbox, a 1922 Chater Lea 885cc 8hp and the ex-Kaye Done 1914 Zenith-JAP “Gradua” Twin.

Also on offer is the 1933 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50hp with Cruiser sidecar that was featured in television shows Dad’s Army and in George and Mildred. But before those roles, the bike was a works entry for the International Six Days Trial in 1934, and won a gold medal. One of only 308 produced, it has been in the same collection for more than 50 years.

Motorcycle auction, V-Twins headline Bonhams spring motorcycle sale, ClassicCars.com Journal
1933 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50hp with Cruiser sidecar

For more information, visit the Bonhams Spring Stafford auction website.

Larry Edsall
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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