Two-day sale at Stafford


On April 21/22, the largest ever Bonhams spring Stafford sale of classic and collectors’ motorcycles will take place at The Classic MotorCycle show. The sale has been split into a two-day event to accommodate the volume of machines on offer. More than 300 motorcycles have been consigned.

On Saturday at 2pm, the weekend’s marathon sale will begin with an impressive collection of memorabilia and more than 100 lots of spares. A range of important trophies will also be offered, including those won by Mike ‘The Bike’ Hailwood, two Manx Grand Prix trophies and the rare Air Sea Rescue Vincent two-stroke 1942 Lifeboat engine.


Following the sale of the spares and memorabilia will be the Tan House Collection, comprising an eclectic mix of 60 barn-find machines, accumulated over the past three decades, many in outstandingly original condition, all ripe for restoration.

Highlights include 1913 Indian 7hp Model E Combination (£16,000-22,000), c.1913 Matchless 8hp (£10,000-14,000), 1933 Sunbeam 489cc Lion (£4000-6000) and 1926 Norton 490cc 16H (£8000-12,000).

On Sunday, The Miklos Collection will cross the auction block, together with 160 further important consignments. The Miklos Collection comprises 41 lots, and is an impressive range of rare and significant motorcycles built up over a lifetime of passionate collecting by the late Miklos ‘Mike’ Salamon. The amazing Surrey-based collection contains some of the most remarkable and sought-after machines available, including a 1970 Münch Mammoth (£75,000-100,000), a 1940 Indian Four (£28,000-35,000) and a 1973 MV Agusta 750S (£70,000-90,000).


Further highlights of the sale include an ex-Edinburgh Police, 1931 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 (£170,000-220,000), proceeds of which are to benefit the Search and Rescue Dog Association, RNLI and Salvation Army; the ex-Cecil Sandford, 1957 250cc Mondial (£80,000-120,000), 1951 Vincent-HRD 998cc Black Shadow (£60,000-80,000), 1926 Coventry-Eagle 981cc Flying-8 (£45,000-55,000) and the ex-Joe Potts, 1929 Grindlay-Peerless 498cc Brooklands ‘Hundred Model’ (£45,000-50,000).

It promises to be quite an event. Details from or 0208 963 2817.

Three of the best: Both V-twins, the Matchless (above) and the Indian (below), date to 1913, while the 16H (bottom) is 1926.


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