Last Sunday’s Bonhams auction at Stafford saw several machines smash estimates as rare and collectable classics went under the hammer, including a 1924 Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight that sold for a staggering £203,100.
A competitor to the Brough Superior, the Super Eight was only in production for three years (1923-26) and featured advanced engineering such as a Duplex frame and the silencer positioned behind and below the gearbox - a common practice today, adopted in the interests of 'mass centralisation'.
Other bikes in the Bonhams auction also reached impressive prices with an extremely rare 1948 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-B smashing its estimate of £50,000-60,000 to reach £113,500. Another Vincent on offer (the third oldest complete and original post-war Vincent in existence), a 1946 998cc Rapide Series-B, sold for an impressive £68,700.
For the Italian collectors there was an ex-Roger Nicholls, 1977 Ducati 905cc, Isle of Man TT Formula 1 machine that sold for £59,740 and a 1997 Ducati 996cc 916 SPS that sold for £22,770.
The entire Bonhams sale realised £1,572,712 with a sale rate of 94% of the lots offered, at 94% of estimated value.
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