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.)