World Records Achieved at Bonhams' Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

This 1950 Vincent Series C “White” Shadow sold for a record $224,250 at Bonhams' Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction.
This 1950 Vincent Series C “White” Shadow sold for a record $224,250 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction.

Classic motorcycles from Britain filled the ranks of the top grossing machines at Bonhams’ world-famous motorcycle auction in Las Vegas on January 8, 2015.

The Vincent brand in particular saw two world records achieved. The first was a 1950 Vincent Series C “White” Shadow—one of just 15 produced—which was the most valuable Shadow ever sold at auction when it brought in $224,250. A 1949 Vincent Touring Rapide with Blacknell Bullet Sidecar became the most valuable post-war Rapide sold at auction when it was bought for $126,500.

1936 Brough Superior SS80 with Watsonian Sport Sidecar, which sold for a record $115,000 at Bonhams' Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction.
1936 Brough Superior SS80 with Watsonian Sport Sidecar, which sold for a record $115,000 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction.

A beautifully restored 1936 Brough Superior SS80 with Watsonian Sport Sidecar also achieved a world auction record for a Matchless-engined SS80 when it was sold to a private collector for $115,000. Also selling for the same price, making it too a world auction record for the model, was the 1962 Matchless G50 that helped carry legendary American racer Dick Mann to his championship.

Advertisement
This 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E Big Twin, formerly owned by Steve McQueen, sold for an impressive price of $117,300 at the auction.
This 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E Big Twin, formerly owned by Steve McQueen, sold for an impressive price of $117,300 at the auction.

For American motorcycles, the luster of Steve McQueen once again shined as his formerly owned 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E Big Twin sold for an impressive price of $117,300. And from Italy, the jewel-like 1959 Ducati 175 F3 Production Racer achieved $89,700. While from Japan, a nearly new 1990 Honda RC30 created quite a stir when it was the subject of a bidding war between collectors in the UK and Australia and sold to the former for $52,900, creating a world auction record for the model.

Other British motorcycles that realized impressive results were the 1938 Brough Superior SS100 at $280,000, an ex-Sid Biberman 1950 Vincent Series C Black Shadow at $112,700, a 1950 Vincent Series C Black Shadow barn find at $103,500, a 1955 Vincent Black Prince at $79,350, the ex-Jimmy Guthrie 1961 Francis Beart Norton Manx at $75,900, and a 1956 Ariel Square Four MkII with Watsonian Sidecar at $50,600.

To view complete auction results, please visit bonhams.com/vegas.

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here