STRENGTH IN DEPTH
Strong performances across the board at recent Midlands auction
H and H’s sale at Donington on February 22 was certainly a success story for the Warrington-based auction house, with 64 of the 72 motorcycle lots selling – most at or above estimate. And, while the star lot – a 1939 Brough Superior SS80 – failed to sell, a fine supporting cast of quality classics more than made up for that.
Top seller of the 64 bikes that found new owners on the day was a lovely 1968 Velocette Thruxton. Offered with no reserve, the mechanically original bike, which had been owned by the vendor since 1973, made £24,295 – thought to be a recor with repa 5327
But the Velo wasn’t the only machine to exceed expectations. A charming 1913 Royal Enfield 750cc combination with an estimated of £10,000-12,000 – complete with Pioneer certificate, though in need of recommissioning – made £19,040. And, almost as expected, the relentless rise of Vincent Comets showed no sign of abating, with an extensively restored 1952 example eclipsing its (perhaps conservative) estimate of £15,000-18,000 to sell for £22,400.
Other lots to sell at prices well over estimate included a 1930 Norton Model 30M Manx (estimate £12,000-13,000) that sold for L18,032 and a.c. 1929 Humber 350cc, which beat its top estimate of L6 0 00 to make l9968. Overall, 29 lots made o ver top estimate in the sale
1968 Velocette Thruxton made £24,295