28 Feb 2013
Fully-restored 1931 Brough Superior SS80 estimated to realize upwards of £50,000 included in £1 million worth of entries to the Bonhams auction at the International Classic MotorCycle Show on Sunday 28th April
A Brough Superior SS80 motorcycle won in a raffle more than 40 years ago could fetch upwards of £50,000 when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams in April.
The 1931 model started life as a sidecar outfit with Ipswich Police. After being converted to solo trim and donated by its then owner, it was offered as first prize in a fund-raising raffle at the Brough Superior Club in 1972. 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.
The lucky winner sold the machine to a club member who raced it for several years, before it passed to its current owner in 2004.
This extraordinary acquisition will join another Brough Superior offered by the same vendor at the Bonhams sale of Pioneer, Vintage and Collectors' Motorcycles and Related Memorabilia at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford, UK, on Sunday 28th April.
The second machine – a 1926 SS80/100 model estimated to realize between £160,000 and £200,000 – is a rare factory variant combining an SS100 frame with the SS80 sidevalve engine. Only a handful of these unusual machines were made, of which very few survive. Re-engined post-World War II with an overhead-valve SS100 unit, it won the 'Re-build of the Year' award at the Brough Superior Club's Annual Rally in 2012.
Among other machines consigned to the sale is a fully-restored ex-works Vincent Black Shadow which formed part of the factory's bid to set a new 24-hour speed record at Montlhéry in France in May 1952 (estimate £110,000 - £130,000). Although mechanical failures prevented the bid from being successful, the British team returned home with eight new records, including six hours at over 100mph. Another Vincent on offer is a restored 1949 Rapide, one of an estimated 107 touring models shipped to the US finished in 'Chinese Red' (estimate £50,000 - £70,000).
Other British motorcycles of note include a 1921 Brough Model G (estimate £20,000 - £30,000), a rare factory-restored 1957 Ariel Square Four 4G Mk2 (estimate £12,000 - £14,000), and the earliest known Velocette Viper – a 1955 model that originally formed part of the factory's press fleet – (estimate £8,000-12,000).
Collectable foreign classics on offer include a 1972 Laverda 750SFC production racer (estimate £30,000 - £34,000), a c.1979 Yamaha TZ750 Formula 750 racing motorcycle (estimate £30,000 - £34,000), a 1982 Yamaha TZ500J Grand Prix racing motorcycle (estimate £32,000 - £36,000), and the unique 2001 MV Agusta 952cc F4 factory prototype that competed in that year's World Endurance Championship (estimate £20,000 - £26,000).
No Bonhams spring Stafford sale would be complete without a fine selection of early motorcycles, and the sale this year will feature a 1914 Excelsior Model 7C v-twin (estimate £35,000 - £45,000), a 1913 Rex v-twin (estimate £18,000 - £22,000), a 1905 Peugeot v-twin (estimate £18,000 - £22,000), and 1924 Rudge 4-valve/4-speed model (estimate £6,000 - £8,000).
Ben Walker, Head of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department, said: "We are very much looking forward to the first UK sale of the year at the International Classic MotorCycle Show. It has been an excellent start to 2013 for the department, which recorded its most successful sale in Las Vegas in January and more than doubled its previous sale total in Paris earlier this month.
"We hope to continue this run of success at the first of our two annual sales in Stafford. We are delighted to be able to offer such a wide and eclectic range of important motorcycles at what has traditionally been a very successful sale."
Consignments for the auction are still being accepted. Call +44 (0) 20 8963 2817 or email email@example.com.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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