H&H proclaims UK motorcycle auction ‘a smash hit’ with $ 2 million in profit


Two of the biggest names in British vintage motorcycle riding led the auction at the H&H Classics auction at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, England on October 27, with a 1938 Brough Superior SS100 leading the auction, followed by of a Vincent Black Shadow from 1953.

The Brough Superior, known at the time as the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles, sold for £ 224,200 ($ 306,571), more than 10% above its pre-estimated high value. ‘bid. All sales results include purchase costs.

The Vincent Black Shadow, the fastest production motorcycle of the early 1950s and one of the most evocative motorcycles of all time, sold for £ 76,700 ($ 104,880).

1953 Vincent Black Shadow holds the speed records of the 1950s

The Motorcycle Museum sale was “a resounding success”, according to the auction house, reaching a new business record of around £ 2million ($ 2.73million) with 92% of bids sold . More than 1,000 bidders participated, the company added.

“The strength of the vintage motorcycle market is growing year by year and does not appear to have been hampered by the current economic downturn; this latest sale certainly highlights it, ”said Mike Davis of H&H Classics.

“The fact that we had this wonderful Brough Superior SS100 and the Vincent Black Shadow generated a lot of interest that day and it certainly created excitement,” Davis added. “And with 200 bikes to choose from, there was something for everyone.”

1977 MV Agusta 832 Monza

Other highlights of the auction include:

A 1948 Vincent Series B Rapide, fully restored to ‘winning standard’, sold for £ 42,480 ($ 58,087).

A 1977 MV Agusta 832 Monza, a rare and original example of a fully faired single-seater Grand Prix racing replica and one of the last MVs produced at the Gallarate factory, sold for £ 50,740 (69 $ 382).

A 1990 Norton F1 with one owner and original 2,256 miles, which had been on display at a Rolls-Royce dealership in London until 2001, sold for £ 40,120 ($ 54,860).

1929 Indian Boy Scout 101

A 1929 Indian Scout 101, a restored bike with a “slightly softened patina” adding to its appeal as well as a “beautiful sound”, sold for £ 24,190 ($ 33,077).

A 1921 Kenilworth Motorcyclette, perhaps the brand’s only road survivor, sold for £ 6,490 ($ 8,874).

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The only surviving 1921 Kenilworth motot known to be in working order

A 1964 Lambretta GT 200 motor scooter, which had been in storage since 1976, sold for £ 23,600 ($ 32,271), more than five times its maximum estimate of £ 4,000 ($ 5,470).

H&H Classics will be holding their next classic car auction on November 17th at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK. For more information, visit the H&H website.

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