Star lots at the Stafford show

Originally attached to a sidecar, 'FTV 702' was first registered by George Brough on 24th May 1939 and only two days later took part in the London-Edinburgh endurance run piloted by George with Motor Cycling journalist Henry Laird in the 'chair'. Laird's article about the event was published in Motor Cycling's edition of June 14, 1939, a copy of which is supplied with the machine.

Brough put the motorcycle to arduous use throughout 1939, which included various road tests and the Tour of Ireland as well as the London-Edinburgh. In April 1945, the Brough Superior was advertised for sale in Motor Cycling for £200.

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The current owner’s father bought it for £70 and registered it on 14th August 1961. Placed in storage in 1967, the motorcycle has been in sporadic use since then, but has been well-maintained over the years.

Apparently it starts first kick when warm, second from cold. Estimate is £140-180,000.

Another V-twin, though more affordable is a c1915 Ariel 5-6hp combination, with Ariel sidecar, last taxed in November 1964. It was found when the present owner’s father bought a motorcycle shop, George Cheyne Motorcycles in Aberdeen, and this was in the basement. Untouched for 50 odd years; not been used since. Estimate is £14-16,000.

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A 1906 Fontaine 3hp, which is thought to be unique, is estimated at £12-16k, while two to tickle the fancy of enthusiasts of later machines are an 8500 mile from new Velocette Thruxton (est £12-16,000) and a 1962 Matchless G15/45 (est £7-8000), the 738cc machine made mainly for America. 

Exciting late consignments include a pair of delectable Hendersons – one 1914, the other 1917 – which are coming in from Norway.

Other star lots in the sale include a 1975 Bimota 970cc HB1, estimated at £55,000-65,000, and a 1929 Scott 596cc racing motorcycle, in at £23,000-28,000.

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