News 1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow to auction

1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow to auction

Bonhams will be showcasing some home-grown talent at its annual sale of Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Historical Commercial Vehicles and Automobilia at the Harrogate Yorkshire Event Center, UK on 18th November at 10.30am.

A traffic-stopping red, very rare MG -The 1934 RSAC Scottish Rally and Zandvoort-campaigned, 1933 MG K2 1,271cc Supercharged Magnette, believed to have been the Works demonstrator and the first of just 20 cars built to K2 specification will be on display. It is unsurprising that such a special model has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £50,000-60,000.

Similarly unusual is the 1925 Beverley-Barnes 30/90hp 4,826cc Five Seat Tourer – the only known survivor of this particular model which is believed to have been showcased at the Geneva Salon of 1926. Bonhams is offering a unique opportunity to acquire a British-built motor car of undoubted rarity and quality, with this model expected to reach £40,000-60,000.

Also on display will be a 1968 Rover 3.5-Litre P5B Coupé, which was designed to compete with Jaguar’s MkVII in the luxury saloon market. This particular model has only had four registered owners, the last of whom acquired the car in 1988 and is expected to sell for between £7,000-8,000.

Meanwhile, local lots include a 1924 Sunbeam 20/60hp Saloon which was first owned by Sir Digby Legard of Scampston Hall in Malton. Nicknamed the "Supreme Sunbeam", the car has a hugely distinguished history, with race successes and World Land Speed record achievements. This handsome and stately model has a distinctive cream and black livery and retains the original upholstery. It is a rare example of a 20/60hp Sunbeam, and comes with a Swansea V5C registration document, current licence and MoT certificate. The car has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £24,000-28,000.

The 1928 Jowett 7hp Two-Seater with Dickey will also be on view. Built in Bradford, this model was acquired by the immediately preceding owner in 1951. At that time, the engine was rebuilt and other works carried out to make it roadworthy. By 1960, however, the car was consigned to storage with a view to future renovation which sadly never happened. Last MoT’d and taxed in September 1998 when it was running well, the Jowett is an ideal first vintage car. It is estimated between £3,000-4,000. Weekenders might also be interested in the 1969 Bedford CA Dormobile 4-Berth Camper Van which has run-up just 29,441 miles in forty years which is expected to reach £5,500-6,500.

The catalog also contains an exciting array of Collectors’ Motorcycles, including the highly desirable 1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow, described as a ‘legend in its own lifetime’ (estimated £40,000-50,000), a 1960 BSA 500cc Gold Star (estimated between £10,000-14,000) and the ultra rare 1938 FN 500cc Model M11 ‘Super Touring’ which is being offered in perfect condition for between £8,000-10,000.

Some of the 300 pieces of automobilia included in the sale will also be on display.


Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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