For collectors of vintage motorcycles, the Brough Superior SS100 may represent the ultimate. This flagship of the brand is thought to be one of the finest motorcycles ever produced—the favorite of such luminaries as T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia), and the 1940 example that Bonhams will offer at Quail Lodge next month has a particular claim to distinction: it’s the last to come with full factory records. At the August 18-19 event it will carry an estimate of $350,000-$450,000.
The top selling motorcycle at the auction is likely to be an ultra rare 1954 AJS E95 “Porcupine,” about which we’ve reported earlier. One of only four produced, it’s expected to fetch $750,000. There are a number of other remarkable bikes at the sale, however, including a pair of British Coventry-Eagle Flying-8’s, a 1925 SV and a 1928 OHV, estimated at $100,000 and $250,000 respectively. A 1955 Vincent Black Prince, once described at a “two-wheeled Bentley,” is also likely to draw considerable attention, which translates to a considerable price. It’s estimated at $120,000-$140,000.
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