The latest Bonham’s auction saw big money invested in old motorbikes, like this restored Triumph.
A rare old Croft-Cameron, the highlight of Bonham’s Autumn Stafford Motorcycle auction
THE spring and autumn Stafford sales traditionally throw up the finest of British collectible motorcycles and break the records.
Our top 250 motorcycles sold at auction listing includes dozens of bikes sold at the Staffordshire Country Showground in these bi-annual sales and the results of the recent Stafford sale (a 94% sale rate and a total value of £1 572 712 or R26,8 million) reflect a strong market.
The undoubted highlight of Bonham’s Autumn Stafford Motorcycle auction on October 16 was the sale of a 1924 CroftCameron 996cc Super Eight for £203 100 (R3,4 million).
The company only produced motorcycles from 1923 to 1926, and no one knows how many were produced, but the quality of the 996cc overhead-valve V-twin motorcycle and its twin loop frame put it right alongside its competitors at the top end of the market of the era, being Brough Superior and Coventry Eagle.
Bonham’s official auction description of the bike is interesting because it contains great detail.
Croft Cameron Super Eight used the British Anzani V-twin and was available in eight-valve form (four valves per cylinder) for £140 at the time, or four-valve (two valves per cylinder) at £125, and with a slightly larger capacity there was also the option of a slightly larger “Plus Power” engine which cost £145 and £130 for the four-valve and two-valve versions, respectively.
The bike set a new world record for the rare Coventry based Croft-Cameron marque.
One of the great buys of the sale, and a perfect example of the lengths an enthusiast will go to in order to bring a bike back to life was a 1908 Triumph 3½hp sidecar combination, which sold for £14 950.
It was first registered in 1908 in South Australia, dismantled for reconditioning prior to World War 1 and rediscovered in 1975 in a dismantled state with the parts spread around a large workshop.
The vendor at this sale purchased the workshop’s entire contents to ensure he got all needed parts for restoration.
The bike was found to be complete, except for the wicker sidecar body, so a replica of the latter was made to attach to the archeologically manifested restoration.
At 108 years of age and quite beautiful, it’s a time warp and a magnificent restoration for the rather meagre price.
Finally, one of the more interesting results for a more recent machine was the sale of a limitededition 1997 Ducati 996cc 916 SPS, which fetched £22 770.
(Left) A Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight sold for R3,4 million while the restored 1908 Triumph 3½hp sidecar combination sold for over R255 000.