Incredible collection of US bikes for auction

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A collection of 60 rare American motorcycles will be offered at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale in October.

Stored in an astonishing private museum of motorcycles, the prized collection celebrates American marques from across pivotal points in motorcycle manufacture. Highlights include a 1910 Pierce 688cc Four, estimate £60,000-80,000, and a 1930 Indian 1,265cc Model 402 Four-cylinder Combination, estimate £40,000-50,000.

Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles said: “This is an incredibly rare find; 60 fantastic collectors’ motorcycles, all carefully stored in the Brescia based private museum of entrepreneur and CEO of the Santoni Group, Tiberio Lonati.”

The collection includes a variety of marques and models, including a 1916 Henderson 1,000cc Model F, estimate £30,000-40,000, pre-war great the 1911 Flying Merkel 500cc ‘Racer’, estimate £16,000-20,000, a 1920 Harley-Davidson Model J, estimate £18,000-24,000,and at one-hundred years old, the 1915 Thor 1,000cc Model U, estimate £28,000-25,000.

Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale takes place October 17-18 at The Stafford Classic Show, Staffordshire County Showground. The Lonati Collection will be sold on Saturday 17.

For further information visit the Bonhams motorcycle department website.

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter