SOARAWAY STAFFORD SALE
Estimated values go up in flames as April auction catches fire
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