Packed Stafford Spring Sale To Be A Two-Day Affair
Bonhams’ Stafford Spring Sale takes place across both days of the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show, April 23-24. The auction hall is open for viewing from 9am, with bidding commencing at 12pm. Saturday’s sale is parts and memorabilia, Sunday’s sale is for motorcycles. A catalogue is required for entry.
IMAGE – The Coventry-Eagle Flying 8 is put through its paces.
There are several machines competing for the title of ‘headline’ motorcycle at this year’s Stafford Spring Sale from Bonhams, but two JAP V-twin powered examples offered from the same private collection are in there vying for the top spot.
The Coventry-Eagle Flying 8 was a real high-end, performance motorcycle, offering a top speed of upwards of 100mph and being little more than a thinly-veiled racer on the road. The 1000cc engine was supplied by JA Prestwich of Tottenham, North London, and it was mated with Coventry Eagle’s own frame, a gearbox from Sturmey Archer, brakes from Royal Enfield, front fork from Webb; basically, the best components money could buy. The machine in the sale has been used recently, and was actually ridden as recently as March 2016. It really is in ‘road ready’ condition and will provide a thrilling ride for its new owner. It is expected to fetch £140,000-£160,000.
The other machine with the V-twin JAP engine is Thor, the famous Francis Williams/Ernie Woods sprint iron, which enjoyed much success in the 1950s and 60s and has been campaigned much more recently, too. Thor has a Norton Featherbed frame, into which the racing JAP engine has been installed. It’s a real piece of history, a stunning machine and surprisingly easy to ride too. It has an estimate of £40,000-£50,000.
The current star lot, with a top estimate of £200,000, is a 1939 Vincent HRD Series-A Rapide which is joined by – among others – an additional 1939 Series A Rapide, a 1950 Black Shadow and a 1953 Black Shadow which are expected to fetch a top price of £80,000, £50,000 and £35,000 respectively.
Perhaps the real headline grabbers though will be the ‘Broughs of Bodmin’, a collection of seven of the Nottingham made V-twins, plus a four cylinder BS4 too, which have languished in a Cornish barn for more than five decades. The octet consists of the 1938 750cc BS4 (which used an Austin 7 engine), two overhead valve SS100 projects (1926 and 1938), four sidevalves SS80s (two 1938, one 1936, one 1939) and a 1938 11-50. All are in a rough condition, though the BS4 (estimated at £80,000-£120,000), in particular, is a real rarity. Only eight were made and this is the last one to be ‘rediscovered.’ They will all need an awful lot of work to be returned to the road – but be sure they will be.
The full selection of lots can be found here.