This Sunday, Bonhams is hosting the Bond Street Sale, where two classic British motorcycles will be on the block. Both are amazing and eye-wateringly expensive – it’s not every day when you see a bike that makes a Series C Black Shadow seem pedestrian.
First, the 1950 Vincent Black Shadow. This Black Shadow has been with the current seller since 2010 and likely has just 19,803 miles since new. A restoration was performed 10,813 miles ago. It will need a “minimal re-commissioning” before you start enjoying it on the road again.
Estimated sale price is between $110,000 and $140,000.
Second, a 1929 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports. Brough Superior was known as the Rolls-Royce of motorcycle manufacturers and is still considered by some to be the greatest bike maker of all time. Here’s one of their jewels – the fastest bike they ever built. Each bike was ridden before delivery to verify that it could hit 100 miles per hour, and owners were given a guarantee of this via a certificate.
After the 1925 Austrian Alpine Trial, a competition that Brough Superior had tremendous success in, the company released a limited run of “Alpine Grand Sports” in commemoration. It was designed for high-speed touring, and they’re exceedingly rare.
Are you sitting down? Estimated sale price is between $430,000-$500,000, which should get it high up on The Vintagent’s list of most expensive motorcycles sold at auction.