With 102 lots of iconic bikes available, the forthcoming Bonhams sale will have something for everyone.
John Myerscough’s Brough Superior 1096cc 11-50hp is part of The Banbury Run auction – a piece of iconic motoring history estimated at £18,000 – £26,000 and offered without reserve.
The 1928/31 Brough Superior Overhead 680 is the second bike in the Myerscough duo and another highlight of the sale, estimated at £28,000 – £38,000. This early, Vintage-era Overhead 680 has been in the Myerscough family’s possession since at least 1969 and is thought to have been owned from new.
Legendary superbike of motorcycling’s between-the-wars 'Golden Age', the Brough Superior was synonymous with high performance, engineering excellence and quality of finish. In the early 1920s, the name 'Brough Superior' quickly established itself as synonymous with excellence, often referred to as the 'Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles' – a phrase that was first coined in 1921 when the marque was barely two years old, and has followed it ever since.
Elsewhere in the sale, four Vincent motorcycles with a combined estimate of almost £100,000 will be going under the hammer.
The Vincent quadruplet includes a 1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow (£30,000 – £40,000), a 1951 Vincent 998cc Rapide project (£15,000 – £18,000), a 1952 Vincent 998cc Rapide project (£10,000 – £15,000), and ending with a 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Prince project that has been kept within the same family for the past fifty years (£15,000 – £25,000).
Bringing a royal air to the sale, lot number 63 is formerly the property of His Majesty King Onyeama of Eke, Nigeria.
With an estimate of £2,200 – £3,200, the 1921 Rudge 499cc Multi’s original owner, King Onyeama, received it as a gift from His Majesty King George V, an enthusiast who favoured Rudge's products and had bestowed his Royal Warrant on the Coventry firm.
Ben Walker, Bonhams Director for Motorcycles, said, “We’ve got an incredibly diverse array of exciting motorcycles at the upcoming Banbury Run Sale. The breadth and overall quality of entries is probably the highest since we introduced the sale”.
The sale, held in conjunction with the world famous VMCC (Vintage Motor Cycle Club) Banbury Run, boasts an eclectic combination of motor cars and motorcycles across an array of automotive brands, spanning decades of history. The annual sale takes place on June 7 in Woodstock, Oxford, and holds over 200 lots of motor cars and motorcycles.