Ehret’s Vincent – the million dollar motorcycle
At the Bonhams Auction at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the ex-Jack Ehret Vincent Black Lightning went under the hammer for US$929,000 (Aust$1,191,000, including buyer’s premium) on January 25, making it the most valuable motorcycle ever sold at auction. This is approximately double the price for the same machine when it was sold to a French collector by Melbourne identity Franc Trento around four years ago and continues the trend of enormous money being paid for prime examples of the Vincent HRD brand. The Black Lightning spent the first 60 years of its life in Australia, and will now return here after Tasmanian collector Peter Bender placed the winning bid. Peter’s stable includes some mouth-watering machines, with several Brough Superiors already resident to keep the Vincent company. Another record price at the auction was achieved for a Honda RC30 that was originally sold in Sweden. The Honda was knocked down for US$92,000 (A$118,000), while a 1939 Brough Superior SS80 brought US$102,500 (A$131,400), a 1939 Indian Four US$83,950 (A$119,900) and a 1929 Henderson Four US$74,750 (A$95,800).