Munch ‘Mammoth’ motorbike to highlight Salamon Collection sale

A scarce 1970 Clymer Munch 1,177cc TTS ‘Mammoth’ will highlight the esteemed Miklos Salamon Collection sale of classic motorbikes at Bonhams.

The 40 bikes will form part of the auction house’s Stafford sale on April 22.

Munch Mammoth motorbike

Munch made less than 500 Mammoths - all to order

‘Mike’ Salamon is among the most revered names in motorbike collecting. The motorcycling nut has been collecting the two wheeled machines since 18, with a successful career in mining enabling him to feed his passion regularly, particularly now he is retired.

The Mammoth has a £100,000 ($138,000) top estimate, a testament to its status as Munch’s most revered machine.

Produced in Germany between 1966 and 1975, the Mammoth was once regarded as the world’s fastest motorbike; it was capable of speeds up to 137 mph.   

Rarity is a big reason for their popularity with collectors today. Munch created less than 500 Mammoths, with each being hand built to order.  

A specialist restorer has worked diligently on each of the machines on offer.

These include a 1973 MV Agusta 750S (£90,000/$124,000), a 1940 Indian 78ci Four (£35,000/$48,000) and a 970 T120R Bonneville (£7,000/$10,000), a bike Salamon had long admired.

Bonhams’ international head of department, Ben Walker, says: “This collection represents the very pinnacle of motorcycle collecting, and illustrates the passion and dedication poured in to the motorcycles by Mike.

“Bonhams is thrilled to be offering such an incredible range of machines, especially ones which have been so lovingly looked after and used.”

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