Bonhams at Stafford


There’s some interesting machinery already confirmed for Bonhams’ April Stafford sale, in particular, a couple of rare vintage V-twins.

One, a 1927 Matchless M3/S, of 990cc, right; the other a 1928 Montgomery, powered by a 680cc V-twin JAP engine, above.

Vintage Matchless machines seem to have only survived in penny numbers, with this type of V-twin especially unusual; the usual khaki-coloured machines are relatively often seen at appropriate events (though again not in numbers) but this type, featuring a Brough Superior-esq saddle tank, is hardly ever in evidence. Estimate is £28,000-35,000.

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Montgomeries are hardly thick on the ground either, V-twins especially so, making this middleweight an attractive proposition.

Founded in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, Montgomery – as a concern – moved to Coventry before the First World War and continued to build a variety of proprietary engined machines through the vintage period and into the 1930s. Estimate is £25,000-35,000.

Elswehere in the sale, there’s a pair of overhead camshaft 350cc AJS models – one 1929, one 1930 – as well as a raft of café racers, including a Neville Evans Manxman, the 1980s built single which was based heavily on the single overhead camshaft Norton.

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