1924 Croft-Cameron motorbike valued at $255,500

A 1924 Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight motorbike will provide one of the star lots of Bonhams' Autumn Stafford sale.

It's expected to make around £160,000-200,000 ($204,312-255,390) when it crosses the block on October 16 at the Staffordshire County Showground in the UK.

1924 Croft Cameron
The 1924 Croft-Cameron 966cc Super Eight is an icon of its era

Croft-Cameron, based in Coventry, was only in operation from 1923-1926.

The Super Eight was its flagship model, which it produced in a handful of variations.

It had a reputation for speed, as a 1923 advert for the model breathlessly states: "Look! Speedmen, Hard Riders, and all such Sportsmen.

"At last you have the Ideal of your dreams. The Croft Anzani 'Super Eight'."

Bonhams comments: "With its bulbous, tapering saddle tank, Montgomery fork, and low swept-back handlebars, the Croft-Cameron Super Eight was undeniably handsome and a worthy rival for the Brough Superior, which it matched on price.

"The reasons why Croft Cameron failed while Brough prospered will, probably, never be known."

Meanwhile, a 1977 NCR Ducati 905cc racing bike ridden by Roger Nicholls in the 1977 Isle of Man TT event is valued at £55,000-75,000 ($70,232-95,771).

It's one of very few ex-works Ducatis raced on the Isle of Man to come up for auction, and will likely attract strong bids from serious collectors.

The sale will also include entries from respected British heritage marques such as Brough Superior and Vincent.

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