Bonhams Motorcycles’ Summer Sale offering up over 180+ motorcycle lots June 14-24

Bonhams Motorcycles’ Summer Sale offering up over 180+ motorcycle lots June 14-24

Left: Offered directly from Sir David Jason, c.1957 Ariel 998cc Square Four MkII, Right: Formerly owned by the late Chris Cornell, 2004 Voxan 996cc Black Magic


Bonhams|Cars – Bonhams Motorcycles will present the eagerly awaited Summer Motorcycle Sale from their dedicated facility in Milton Keynes. Scheduled for June 14 – 24 June, the sale features an incredible array of collectors’ motorcycles with celebrity ownership, high-performance pin-up ‘race replica’ superbikes, and golden era vintage motorcycles with significant provenance, as well as a treasure trove of truly remarkable project motorcycles, new old stock spares and rare memorabilia. Bidding will take place online and is complemented by a public, in-person viewing, on Wednesday, June 19.

Highlights of the sale include the 1957 Ariel 998cc Square Four owned by legendary British actor Sir David Jason cherished by him for over three decades. Renowned for his enduring presence on screen spanning over six decades, Sir David Jason, best known for his iconic portrayal of Del Boy in the beloved series “Only Fools and Horses,” believes it’s time for this remarkable Square Four to find a new owner”. Personally rebuilt by Sir David himself, the Ariel features several intriguing modifications, including a swinging-arm conversion and a Grimeca 4 leading shoe front brake, presenting a rare opportunity to own a piece of history.

Accompanying Del’s Ariel is a wonderfully presented Voxan ‘Black Magic’ that was formally owned by the late Chris Cornell, who in the 1990’s fronted iconic bands such as Sound Garden and Audioslave and graced the James Bond film Casino Royale with the powerful theme song ‘You Know My Name’. The Voxan was gifted by Chris to the current vendor and good friend who has cherished it as part of his collection.

Left: 1988 Suzuki RG500 ‘Gamma’ – Right: 2009 Ducati 990cc Desmosedici RR ‘Team Version’


Ever since the birth of the motorcycle industry, manufacturers have capitalised on competition successes by offering race replicas, with the old adage “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday’ leading to increased sales. Currently displaying a total of 11,074 miles to the odometer, the wonderful time warp 1988 Suzuki RG500 in the sale showcases the iconic ‘Pepsi’ livery and is available for restoration after being recently discovered as part of a deceased estate.

Meanwhile, the 2009 Ducati 990cc Desmosedici RR ‘Team Version‘ stands as perhaps the closest experience for a true enthusiast to own an authentic Grand Prix motorcycle. Ducati’s road-legal homage to its MotoGP racer stunned the motorcycle community upon its debut at the Misano circuit in 2004, boasting a maximum output of 188bhp, which soared to a remarkable 200bhp when equipped with the supplied race pipe. Number ‘1338’ out of the 1,500 produced, this example displays a mere 2,806 miles, presenting a rare opportunity to possess one of the most iconic race replicas of the 21st century, a true ‘collector’s piece’.

The Bonhams Motorcycle team are renowned for their expertise in handling the sale of heavyweight British v-twin royalty, and their Summer Sale includes a plethora of Vincent and Brough Superior motorcycles, dismantled projects and hard to find spares. Highlights include:

Matching-numbers, two owners from new, exceptionally original and unrestored, 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight Matching-numbers, four owners from new, 1954 Vincent 998cc Rapide-Series-D1949/1951 Vincent 998cc Rapide Restoration Project (estimate: £8,000 – 12,000)First owned by Brough Superior’s General Manager, Ike Webb, c.1922 Brough Superior 996cc MkI/SS80 ‘Special’ 1937 Brough Superior 11-50 & Watsonian Cruiser Motorcycle Combination 


Vincent and Brough Superior highlights


Included within the 120+ lots of the Motorcycle Project, Spares, and Memorabilia section is arguably one of the most remarkable barn find discoveries of recent decades, showcasing a vast collection of New Old Stock spares and dismantled projects. A standout among these lots is the Triumph TRW Motorcycle Project, offering a rare chance to assemble a model of Triumph’s legendary motorcycle. Originating from the immediate post-WW2 years to fulfil British Government contracts for a new military motorcycle, it comprises almost entirely New Old Stock components.

A Dismantled Triumph TRW Motorcycle Project (£1,500 – 2,000 – No Reserve)


About Bonhams|Cars

Bonhams|Cars uniquely offers a choice of live, online and private platforms for buying and selling collector cars—platforms characterized by levels of trust, reliability, and transparency born of over three decades of experience as the premier automotive auction house. Through prestigious live auctions around the world, 24/7 online auctions, and our recently introduced Private Sales service, Bonhams|Cars makes it simple for buyers and sellers to find the platform that best meets their needs.

Bonhams|Cars host 17 live auctions annually, participates in all the significant concours around the world, and presents unique selling opportunities at international events such as the 2023 Formula 1® Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the official auction partner of the Formula 1 Paddock Club™, Goodwood Motorsport Events in the UK, The Quail on the Monterey Peninsula in California, The Audrain Concours in Newport, Rhode Island and The Zoute Concours d’Elégance in Belgium. At Bonhams|Cars Online, formerly The Market by Bonhams, we provide our clients with fast, expert, accurate and agile single-car auctions, 24/7. With dedicated motoring departments in London, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Brussels and beyond, Bonhams|Cars has a world-class team with expertise in all divisions, from vintage cars to racing motorsport and automobilia to motorcycles.

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