Ehret’s Vin­cent – the mil­lion dol­lar mo­tor­cy­cle

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At the Bon­hams Auc­tion at the Rio Ho­tel & Casino in Las Ve­gas, the ex-Jack Ehret Vin­cent Black Light­ning went un­der the ham­mer for US$929,000 (Aust$1,191,000, in­clud­ing buyer’s premium) on Jan­uary 25, mak­ing it the most valuable mo­tor­cy­cle ever sold at auc­tion. This is ap­prox­i­mately dou­ble the price for the same ma­chine when it was sold to a French col­lec­tor by Mel­bourne iden­tity Franc Trento around four years ago and con­tin­ues the trend of enor­mous money be­ing paid for prime ex­am­ples of the Vin­cent HRD brand. The Black Light­ning spent the first 60 years of its life in Aus­tralia, and will now re­turn here af­ter Tas­ma­nian col­lec­tor Peter Bender placed the win­ning bid. Peter’s sta­ble in­cludes some mouth-wa­ter­ing ma­chines, with sev­eral Brough Su­pe­ri­ors al­ready res­i­dent to keep the Vin­cent com­pany. An­other record price at the auc­tion was achieved for a Honda RC30 that was orig­i­nally sold in Swe­den. The Honda was knocked down for US$92,000 (A$118,000), while a 1939 Brough Su­pe­rior SS80 brought US$102,500 (A$131,400), a 1939 In­dian Four US$83,950 (A$119,900) and a 1929 Hen­der­son Four US$74,750 (A$95,800).

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