Mod­ern clas­sics per­form well, but Brough stays top of the heap

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Mod­ern clas­sic Hon­das per­formed re­mark­ably well at Ex­cel on Fe­bru­ary 18, with three Hon­das among the top per­form­ing lots. An in­stant clas­sic from its launch in 1988, Honda’s VFR750R – or RC30 – re­mains em­i­nently de­sir­able and a Ja­panese market 1988 model made £19,000. But its suc­ces­sor – a 1994 RC45 – went one bet­ter, chang­ing hands at £36,000 (see page 8). With just 1km recorded on the speedome­ter and pe­riod ex­tras in­clud­ing March­esini wheels and Brembo brakes, this was a truly stun­ning ma­chine. An­other Honda – their ul­ti­mate high-tech road bike a 1994 NR750 – made £48,000 (see page 8).

But it was a very tra­di­tional clas­sic that made the best price of the sale. This 1927 Brough Su­pe­rior ohv 680 sold for £70,000 £10,000 over top es­ti­mate. The bike, from the Hitch­cock’s Mo­tor­cy­cles collection, was fit­ted with a later 1928 twin cam en­gine and was pre­sented in ‘barn fresh’ con­di­tion.

19 27 Brough Su­pe­rior made £70,0 00

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