14th Annual Quail Lodge Vintage Motorcycles Sale

Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of antiques and fine art, is preparing for its 14th annual sale at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, on Thursday and Friday, August 18-19. Among rare motorcycles to be offered.

1- The very last Brough Superior SS100 to roll off the production line with full factory records. Considered one of the greatest motorcycles ever made, and famous for consistently being the most coveted and valuable sold at auction, the SS100 was the flagship model of the bespoke English Brough Superior brand. It carries an estimate of $350,000-$400,000.

2- A pair of British Coventry-Eagle Flying-8 motorcycles, a 1925 SV and a 1928 OHV, have been consigned from a collection in England. Both uncommon and highly sought-after, the Flying-8 model was regarded as one of the most attractive –and most expensive– motorcycles of its time. The latter machine, one of very few known to exist, was considered a superbike of the 1920s and was a worthy rival of Brough Superior and a formidable Brooklands racer. These elegant hand-built speed machines are estimated at $100,000 and $250,000, respectively.

3- Additionally, a highly desirable American 1928 Henderson Deluxe Four, originally sold to South Africa, will be on offer with an estimate of $60,000-$70,000. (Picture: Freddie Dixon and George Brough at the commencement of the Austrian Alpine Trials, 1925. (Courtesy and copyright of Brough Superior Motor Cycles Ltd.)

5 Responses to “14th Annual Quail Lodge Vintage Motorcycles Sale”

  1. 1 Kirk Perry Jul 9th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    One is/was owned by Art & Bob Bishop in San Diego.
    They flew to England in 1995 and bought theirs for 50K and I thought they were out of their minds.
    But, since they sponsored more rides, and spent more money on free food, for the freeloaders of the San Diego Antique M/C, I remained quiet.

  2. 2 Kirk Perry Jul 9th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Actually, I forgot a few connecting words like, “But, since they sponsored more club rides, created the yearly Del Mar Concours Show & Parts Exchange and galvanized the community of motorcycle riders in San Diego County, year after year (their entire family and mountain property partaking) without ever asking for anything in the way of contributions – made you want to stick around and at least help stack chairs afterwards, so I remained quiet.”, is what I meant.

  3. 3 Barry Brown Jul 10th, 2011 at 5:28 am

    The other rider with George Brough is F.P.Dickson NOT Freddie Dixon. Quoting from Peter Miller’s definitive new history of Brough Superior.
    “the nickname given to F.P.Dickson is worthy of explanation. It originated at the Brough Superior works because of the confusion between Dickson and Dixon. F.P. Dickson was always identified as “Gentleman Dickson” whilst Freddie became rather aptly “Rough Dixon”

  4. 4 Kirk Perry Jul 10th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    It appears as though Gentleman Dickson (left) has concerns over his oil pressure. The OIL lamp glows continually when the pump pressure drops below 4 psi., and F.P.’s installed a 0-30 lb. test gauge (connected by a long rubber hose and fastened to the right side of his petrol tank, in hopes of seeing the needle register at least a pound or two.
    And George (right), explains-away the reason behind the low pressure, as being a condition cause by “porosity in the die-cast oil pump body”, that allows oil, once thinned by heat, to pass from one chamber to another. “If oil’s returning to the tank, then an oil pressure gauge is going to drive you to distraction. If you desperately need to eliminate the glowing bulb, then paint it black”, he quipped.

  5. 5 nicker Jul 11th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Some very dapper riding duds, for sure.
    Too bad modern riders have managed to loose all sense of style…. 🙂


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