Ex-Francis Williams, Basil Keys, c.1952 Norton-JAP 996cc Mk1 'Saltdean Special' Sprinter
This incredible machine was built by Francis J. Williams of Saltdean, Sussex, UK. It's essentially a first-generation Norton featherbed frame with a heavily breathed-upon JAP engined stuffed into it. It was owned by a racer and motorcycle nerd named Basil Keys, and spent most of its time as a land speed racer and sprinter. It went for £80,500 ($105,885).
1937 Böhmerland 603cc Langtouren
The Langtouren is one of the weirdest bikes I've ever seen. Produced from 1925-1939 by Czech company Böhmerland, it's powered by a Liebisch 603cc four-stroke single. It's most famous for having the longest wheelbase of any production motorcycle and for being delightfully strange. This bike here has been around and has even been auctioned by Bonhams once before. Despite the fact that it's in bad need of a fresh paintjob, someone took it home for £63,250 ($83,195). Hope they have a big enough shed for it.
1919 Henderson 1,147cc Model 2 Z Four
This 1919 Henderson is an older resto that's lived nearly its entire life in the UK. It features electric lights (high-tech stuff for 1919), a Berling magneto, a bulb horn, and a siren driven off the rear tire which suggests it served in some kind of official government capacity at some point. A vision in brown(ish) and red, this old survivor went for £48,300 ($63,531).
1952 AJS 498cc Model 20 Springtwin Cutaway Model
This bad boy is a purpose-built cutaway of an AJS Springtwin put together for the 1952 Earles Court Motorcycle Show. It was built by a company called Sectioning & Construction by Prototypes (Croydon) Ltd, and features electric motors in the wheel hubs to help move it around. The cutaway bike and its special display box went for £68,750 ($90,430).
1933 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Project
This is my favorite bike in the entire lot. Purchased by a young Englishwoman named Jean Knight back in the early 60s for around $900 (adjusted for inflation), this big old Brough was her primary form of transport for more than a decade. Eventually, after a couple of kids, she parked it in the shed in the early 70s and there it sat until earlier this year. It needs a little love, but it went for £161,000 ($211,771) which is a hell of an ROI no matter how you slice it.
Ex-C F Edwards 1925 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Sand Racer Project
Yet another Brough basket case, this bike was built for sand racing and campaigned by privateer CF Edwards throughout 1925 and 1926. It has dropped handlebars, narrow fenders, and a Binks "Mousetrap" carb. Like the other Broughs at this year's Autumn Classic, this bike shipped from the factory with a sidecar. Since it was designed as a race bike, it came with a spare sprocket and chain set so riders could easily switch between sidecar and solo riding/racing. It went for £264,500 ($347,910).
1926 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Alpine Grand Sport Project
This basket case 1925 Brough Superior is a Frankenstein's Monster of bits and pieces of different bikes. It has a frame from a 1926 Alpine Grand Sport sidecar rig, an engine from a 1925 SS100, and bits and pieces from various other models. Despite its current "non-running" state, this box of parts went for a whopping £236,700 ($311,343).
1962 BSA 646cc Rocket Gold Star
BSA's Rocket Gold Star is arguably the holy grail of factory-built cafe racers. This model has a bunch of fancy pants Taylor-Dow accessories— Superleggera top yoke and steering damper knob, Duetto TLS front brake, finned rocker covers, and a finned rocker spindle feed. It also has Dunlop alloy wheel rims, two-way fork damper rods, and stainless steel spokes. Real, numbers matching Rocket Gold Stars are rare as hens' teeth, and this one sold for a very respectable £10,580 ($13,916).
Unused "Like New" 1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30
Honda's RC30 is a legendary race bike. This one here has never been raced, which is crazy. It's spent its entire life displayed by various collectors, and after this auction it's going on to yet another collector who shelled out £47,150 ($62,018) While I typically can't stand seeing a bike sit idle instead of being used for what it's for, this RC30 makes for a pretty fantastic and perfectly-preserved part of racing history.
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer 2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racer
I don't know a lot about the CRT Grand Prix era, but this seems like a pretty sweet piece of racing history. Made by Suter, the MMX1 is powered by a BMW mill and was supposed to be its own class of road-engined bikes running alongside bespoke race-engined machines. I don't get it either, but whatever. This particular machine was campaigned by S&B Motorsports in 2012 and ran as a wildcard in 2013 under Remus Racing Team's banner. Austrian rider Martin Bauer. It went for £46,000 ($60,506).
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