Are two wheels better? Bonhams' Easter motorcycles sale nets $3.3m

Bonhams' annual sale of Collectors' Motorcycles and Related Memorabilia at The Classic MotorCycle Show, Stafford, UK, on Easter Sunday (April 24) once again demonstrated the strength of the motorcycle market.

The auction recorded a sales total of £2m (just over $3.3m) with 93% of Lots sold (85% by value).

Top item in the sale was Lot 339, the 1934 Brough Superior SS100. Restored by marque specialist Dave Clark in 2004, the Brough changed hands for an on-estimate £131,300.

Meanwhile, Britain's most successful 'over the counter' racing motorcycle of all time, the Manx Norton, is always in demand. A restored 1961 500cc version sold to a bidder in California for an above-estimate £29,900, reflecting its rarity as a 'matching-numbers' example.

Highly revered: the 1934 Brough Superior SS100, sold for £131,300

Also British but much less well known, the 1965 DMW Typhoon 500cc twin-cylinder prototype fetched £19,550 against an estimate of £8,000 - 12,000.

"We were extremely happy with the results achieved," said Ben Walker, Head of Bonhams Collectors' Motorcycle Department.

"The vendors of some of the more expensive machines had been offered substantially less in advance of the sale than the actual prices achieved, which amply demonstrates the merits of offering collectible motorcycles to a worldwide audience at a Bonhams auction."


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