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Benhams to Auction Rare Historic Motorcycles

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Hildebrand and Wolfmuller motorcycle
The Hildebrand & Wolfmuller is one of the oldest examples of early motorcycles and this is once in a life time buy at auction.
A hugely varied collection of motorcycles of all shapes, sizes and types will be available to photograph on 23rd April at the Stafford County Showground, Stafford. The motorcycles will all be on display prior to Bonhams ‘Pioneer, Vintage and Collectors’ Motorcycles and Related Memorabilia’ auction which will take place on Sunday 25th April.

THE OLDEST: The undoubted highlight of the show is the Hildebrand and Wolfmuller - an example of the first motorcycle ever made, presented in totally original and unrestored condition. This ‘barn find’ motorcycle was created c.1894 in Munich and is estimated at £40,000-60,000.

THE FASTEST: There is also the ex-Francis Williams, Basil Keys Norton-JAP - a historic sprinting motorcycle with outstanding stature and competition pedigree. On this bike in 1959, Basil Keys broke the course record at Brighton, covering the standing-start kilometre in 21.59 seconds at an average speed of 103.61mph. It is estimated at £90,000-100,000.

THE BEST: The legendary superbike of motorcycling’s between-the-wars ‘Golden Age’, the Brough Superior is known as ‘The Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles’. It is synonymous with high performance, engineering excellence and quality of finish. The example in this auction is estimated at £110,000-130,000.

The auction includes over 500 lots of motorcycles and related memorabilia.

Ben Walker, Head of Motorcycles at Bonhams, will be available for interview.

If you wish to attend you must register in advance for security reasons.

For more information see www.bonhams.com/motorcycles

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