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‘Cosmetically aged’ motorcycle tops British auction


H&H Classics posted a 76 percent sell-through and £1.3 million ($1.588 million) in total sales for its recent auction at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, England. The most expensive purchase at the sale was a 1932 Brough Superior 680 Black Alpine that brought £120,750 ($147,520).

More than 300 motorcycles were offered for bidding. 

The auction was held at Britain’s National Motorcycle Museum

The ’32 Brough Superior had been restored by marque specialist Simon Miles but instead of being offered all bright and shiny, it was cosmetically aged so that, as H&H put it, “it exuded a careworn look.”

“One of only two such restorations carried out by Mr. Miles, the 680’s patina was widely admired,” the auction house said in its post-sale news release.

Larry Edsall
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, 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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