Record-breaking Vincent Black Shadow at Bonhams Stafford Sale

| 2/28/2013 10:16:36 AM

Fully-restored ex-works machine is estimated to realise between £110,000 and £130,000 at the Bonhams auction at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford, UK, on Sunday 28th April. 

Record-breaking Vincent Black Shadow at Bonhams Stafford Sale 

A Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle that formed part of a bid by the factory to set a new 24-hour speed record in 1952 is among £1 million worth of lots already consigned for the annual Bonhams sale at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford, UK, on Sunday 28th April. 

Although mechanical failures prevented the bid at Montlhéry in France in May 1952 from being successful, the British team returned home with eight new records, including six hours at over 100mph. 

The fully-restored, matching-numbers machine has been owned by the current vendor for more than 40 years and is offered with a pre-sale estimate of £110,000 to £130,000 ($167,000 - $198,000). 

Among other machines consigned to the Bonhams sale of Pioneer, Vintage and Collectors’ Motorcycles and Related Memorabilia are a trio of Brough motorcycles – two from a single owner collection. 

A 1931 SS80 that started life as a sidecar outfit with Ipswich Police before being converted to solo trim and raffled off to raise money for the Brough Superior Club is estimated at upwards of £50,000. Tickets for the 1972 raffle were sold for five pence each, or 50 pence for a book of 10, and second and third prizes were 10 and five gallons of oil respectively. The lucky winner sold the machine to a club member who raced it for several years, before it passed to its current owner in 2004. 

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