White Shadow tops Bon­hams sale

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Set in the salu­bri­ous sur­rounds of Bally’s Ho­tel & Casino in Las Ve­gas, Bon­hams hosted its most suc­cess­ful mo­tor­cy­cle auc­tion to date with sales re­al­is­ing in ex­cess of US $4.8 mil­lion. Top­ping the bill was the one-of-a-kind 1951 Vin­cent Se­ries C White Shadow, so called be­cause the en­gine unit is in bare metal rather than black. The unique ma­chine is fin­ished in Chi­nese red, which was used for a num­ber of US-mar­ket Vin­cents. Spir­ited bid­ding came from around the world, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, with the win­ning bid from Bri­tain to the tune of US $434,000 – a new world record for a Shadow.

The next five po­si­tions in the auc­tion also went to Vin­cent mod­els; a one-owner from new 1955 Se­ries D Black Prince (US $164,500), a 1948 Se­ries B Black Shadow (US $140,000), a 1951 Se­ries C Black Shadow (US $137,000), and a 1954 Se­ries C Black Shadow (US $125,000). Other no­table sales were a 1977 MV Agusta 750 S Amer­ica with just 41 miles on the clock (US $120,500), an SS80 Brough Su­pe­rior with Match­less en­gine to SS 100 spec­i­fi­ca­tion (US $120,500), and a rare US vet­eran, a 1910 Royal Pi­o­neer (US $115,000).

The White Shadow goes un­der the ham­mer.

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