News 1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow sells at auction

1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow sells at auction

The saleroom at the Yorkshire Event Centre in England was packed with a mixture of local bidders and international enthusiasts for Bonhams annual sale of Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Historic Commercial Vehicles and Automobilia at Harrogate. Spirited bids saw 92.14% of items on offer sold by lot (89.38% by value).

The biggest sale of the day was a 1933 Lagonda 16/80 2-litre Four Seat Tourer which sold for £56,500 (estimate £55,000-65,000). Meanwhile a 1935 Bentley 3½ Litre Four Door Razor-edge ‘Brougham’, laid up for thirty years, doubled its pre-sale estimate of £20,000-25,000 to achieve £48,800.

Other highlights include the world’s only 1925 Beverley-Barnes 30/90hp 4,826cc Five Seat Tourer which reached £48,800 (estimate £40,000-60,000) and a 1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Seven Passenger Limousine which sold for £24,725 (estimate £18,000-25,000).

Jaguars included in the catalogue also sold well. A 1955 Jaguar XK140 Roadster reached £43,300, exceeding the pre-sale estimate of £33,000-38,000 and a 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster achieved £31,625 (estimate £28,000-32,000).

The motorcycles included in the sale were also snapped up by enthusiasts and collectors. In particular, the 1951 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow which was bought for a market correct £47,700 (estimate £40,000-50,000), the c1930 Indian Model 402 Four which achieved £33,350 (estimate £32,000-38,000) and the barn-discovery 1933 Matchless 593cc Model B Silver Hawk which tripled the pre-sale estimate to sell for £28,175 (estimate £5,000-8,000).

Stewart Skilbeck, Bonhams UK Representative, Northern Counties and Scotland, comments: "Once again Bonhams Harrogate sale offered something for all tastes and pockets, ranging from a BSA Bantam Motorcycle to the top-of-the range Rolls-Royce Phantom VI and attracted bidding from all corners of the globe."


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.

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