Cache of British Barn Finds in Bonhams Stafford Sale

October 6, 2015
Courtesy of Bonhams
Bonhams announces the sale of the John Keeley Collection of 45 barn-find motorcycles

James Stensel, Bonhams Head of Collectors’ Motorcycles, said: “To find so many unrestored motorcycles under one roof is incredibly rare. John had an appreciation for originality and an eye for quality; his 1928 Triumph 494cc Model P (estimate £4,000-5,000) has the most incredible patina, whilst his 1934 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50HP (estimate £30,000-50,000) retains its original and matching frame, engine, gearbox and associated accessories.”

The collection includes landmark examples from the early 1900s, in addition to impressive models from interwar and post-war periods. Mr. Keeley assembled the collection from the stables of several famous brands, including BSA, Velocette, Norton, Sunbeam, Ariel, Triumph, Douglas, Brough Superior, New Imperial and Zenith.

Percy Austen, a close friend of the late-owner, said: “John Keeley was born in Knowl Hill near Maidenhead, Berkshire. From a young age he developed a love of old machinery and started his working life in the village garage. John also took up motorcycle scrambling at the Bagshot and Hungry Hill courses, riding against many of the great names of that era.”

Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale takes place 17-18 October at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Staffordshire County Showground.

• Saturday 17 October, 15:00, The Lonati Collection: a single-owner collection of sixty rare, predominantly American motorcycles
• Sunday 18 October, 12:00, The Autumn Stafford Sale

For further information on Bonhams motorcycle department visit: www.bonhams.com/auctions/22727/?department=MOT-CYC