Es­ti­mated val­ues go up in flames as April auc­tion catches fire

Classic Bike (UK) - - World -

Bon­hams’ flag­ship Stafford sale on April 23 proved that the classic mar­ket is strong as the to­tal sale sur­passed the £2 mil­lion mark to net £2,132,940. With 90% of lots sell­ing, it was a good day for ven­dors and buy­ers.

The sale’s close as­so­ci­a­tion with the tra­di­tion­ally Bri­tish-bi­ased April Stafford show meant Bri­tish iron ex­celled. Lead­ing the way was a lovely ‘barn-find’ 1949 Vin­cent White Shadow (see CB April). Es­ti­mated at £50,000-60,000, fierce bid­ding pushed the even­tual sale price up to £163,900. A 1938 Brough Su­pe­rior Black Alpine (es­ti­mate £110,000-140,000) re­alised £112,380, while a 1926 981cc SS80/SS100 es­ti­mated at £75,000-95,000 made £126,940. A third Brough, a 1929 OHV 680, eas­ily topped its es­ti­mate of £45,000-55,000 to sell for £68,700.

The ex-fred­die Frith 1949 world cham­pi­onship-win­ning 348cc Ve­lo­cette MKVIII KTT also at­tracted keen bid­ding, even­tu­ally sell­ing for £135,900 and at­tract­ing an ap­pre­cia­tive round of ap­plause as the ham­mer fell.

The power of project bikes to tempt bid­ders was also undi­min­ished. A 1938, 349cc Ve­lo­cette KSS MKII, for­merly the prop­erty of well-known en­thu­si­ast Frederick Ge­orge Per­ris and com­pletely dis­man­tled, made an im­pres­sive £9775 against a pre-sale es­ti­mate of £3500-5500.

Brough SS80/SS100 fetched £126,940

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