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Rare British motorcycles lead Bonhams Stafford sale

Bonhams’ forthcoming Stafford motorcycle sale will offer collectors the best of British later this month.
The auction, which takes place as part of the annual International Classic Motorcycle Show, will offer more than 230 machines from manufacturers including Brough Superior, Vincent and Coventry Eagle.

Leading the sale will be a rare 1939 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-A Project, one of only 78 examples ever built. Having spent more than 50 years in single ownership, this matching-numbers motorcycle remains in completely unrestored condition and is expected to sell for £150,000-£200,000 ($212,115-$282,820).

Even rarer is the ex-Hubert Chantrey, 1932 Brough Superior 800cc Model BS4, described as "arguably one of the most significant British motorcycles ever to come to auction" and valued at £80,000-£120,000.

The motorcycle is one of just seven surviving examples, and had spent the past 50 years hidden away in a Cornish barn before being discovered, along with seven other machines, as part of the ‘Broughs of Bodmin Moor’ find.

Further major highlights will include a 1929 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 OHV estimated at £140,000-£160,000; and an ex-Barry Sheene, Mick Grant, Heron Suzuki, 1983 Suzuki RGB500 Mark 8 Racing Motorcycle, estimated at £80,000-£100,000.

In total, the sale will feature rare motorcycles from around 60 manufacturers, along with a wide selection of spares and related memorabilia.

The Bonhams Stafford Sale takes place at the Staffordshire County Showground on April 23-24.


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