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World-record price for Honda CB400F highlights UK motorcycle sale

1936 Brough Superior leads bidding as Silverstone auction surpasses $1 million

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Amidst the motorcycle finery presented by Silverstone’s first-ever standalone motorcycle auction was what easily could have been overlooked as a relatively ordinary vintage bike, a 1978 Honda CB400F.

But this was a Honda with a difference. The 400cc, 4-cylinder motorcycle has never been used, presented as 100 percent complete and original, and with just one mile on its odometer.

As such, it sold for a resounding £15,975 ($21,604), an impressive result that broke the world record for that model sold at auction.

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The 1936 Brough Superior was the top seller

Silverstone Auction’s sale of 120 motorcycles was held at the Carol Nash MCN Motorcycle Show at ExCel in London, where it achieved £767,000 ($1,037,760) in sales and a 75 percent sales rate.

The top-selling bike of the auction was a “superbly presented” 1936 Brough Superior SS80 982cc, which sold for £61,875 ($8,3717).

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The 1927 Triumph Works TT is believed to have isle of Man racing history

Another historically significant motorcycle was a 1927 Triumph Works TT 489cc racing motorcycle, believed to be one of six factory racers entered by Triumph in the Isle of Man TT races in 1927, and which sold for £41,625 ($56,319).

Starting off the auction was a special appearance by motorcycle TT racing legend Maria Costello MBE, who serves as Motorcycles Brand Ambassador, as she reviewed some of the special motorcycle offerings at the sale, including the record-breaking Honda.

Silverstone’s next motorcycle auction will be held during the MCN Motorcycle Festival at East of England Arena, Peterborough, on May 15.  For complete results from the London auction, visit the Silverstone website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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