Stafford Motorcycle Sale Sets a New World Record

| 10/22/2013 11:34:00 AM

Lot 346: Moto Morini 250
Lot 346: Moto Morini Grand Prix 250 racer sold for $135,266.

Bonhams annual sale of collectors’ motorcycles at Stafford on Sunday 20th October made a total of $2,172,990, with 80 percent of the 436 lots sold – and created a brand new world record.

1966 Norton Manx 350Top performer among the competition machines offered, the circa 1966 Norton Manx 350, prepared by legendary tuner Francis Beart and raced by Joe Dunphy and Keith Heckles, found a new home for $100,698 more than doubling the top estimate and setting a new world record for a Manx sold at auction.

Hot on its heels came the modern Molnar Norton Manx, prepared and entered by Fred Walmsley for the late World Champion Barry Sheene, which sold for $89,683.

But it was a technological marvel from an earlier era that produced the sale’s best result when the 250cc Moto Morini Grand Prix racer from the 1960s fetched $135,266.

The Michael Buttinger collection of Japanese motorcycles provided one of the star lots of Bonhams’ autumn Stafford sale when the limited edition circa 1992 Honda NR750 superbike – an oval piston, 32-valve, V4-engined technological tour de force, the like of which has not been seen since – sold for $93,416.