An Ultra-Rare 1938 Vincent-HRD Series-A Rapide to be Sold at the 2024 Spring Stafford Sale

240410 1938 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-A [678]

Two day sale with more than 350 lots where over half will be sold Without Reserve

STAFFORD, UK – April 10, 2024 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Bonhams|Cars will be returning to the Staffordshire County Showground to offer 365 lots of motorcycles and memorabilia, including five major single-owner collections, with nearly 60% of lots offered Without Reserve.

Headlining the sale is one of the rarest and most highly prized motorcycles in existence, a 1938 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series-A, estimate £240,000 – £280,000. One of the most exciting motorcycles to be offered on the open market in recent years, this stunning Vincent-HRD Series-A twin represents a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for discerning collectors.

240410 1972 Kawasaki 750cc H2-R Formula 750 Racing Motorcycle - 1974 Suzuki TR750 Formula 750 Racing Motorcycle

1972 Kawasaki 750cc H2-R Formula 750 Racing Motorcycle, estimate: £120,000 – £160,000. 1974 Suzuki TR750 Formula 750 Racing Motorcycle, estimate: £120,000 – £140,000.

Additional highlights include:

  • The ex-Team Hansen, Gary Nixon, Hurley Wilvert, Greg Hansford, 1972 Kawasaki 750cc H2-R Formula 750 Racing Motorcycle, estimated at £120,000 – £160,000. An important piece of Kawasaki history, this ex-Team Hansen Formula 750 racer is rare in having fully traceable ownership and exceptionally comprehensive documentation regarding its provenance.
  • The ex-works, Barry Sheene, 1974 Suzuki TR750 Formula 750 Racing Motorcycle, estimate £120,000 – £140,000. This historic machine was ridden by Barry Sheene in 1975 and 1976 and is offered with a substantial history file of race results, press cuttings, photographs, and correspondence, presenting a unique opportunity to own a factory race bike ridden by one of motorcycle racing’s greatest World Champions.
  • First owned by Brough Superior ‘early adopter’ Sam Ratcliffe, this 1924 Brough Superior 980cc SS80, estimate £80,000 – £120,000, is offered for sale by the Ratcliffe family. It is accompanied by an extensive history file with photographs and documentation that bring to life the chronicles of this 100-year-old bike.
  • First owned by Brough Superior’s General Manager, Ike Webb, c.1922 Brough Superior 996cc MkI/SS80 ‘Special’, estimate £70,000 – £100,000, is known as ‘Ike’s Bike’ due to its unique specification. There is no doubt Ike’s Bike is one of the most important Brough’s ever which makes this a unique opportunity to acquire a piece of Haydn Road history.

240410 1924 Brough Superior 980cc SS80 - 1922 Brough Superior 996cc MkI:SS80 'Special'

1924 Brough Superior 980cc SS80, estimate £80,000 – £120,000. c.1922 Brough Superior 996cc MkI/SS80 ‘Special’, estimate £70,000 – £100,000.

Featured in this year’s sale are five major collections from various independent vendors including The Ron Pladdys Collection, The Clive Wood MBE Collection, The John and Annette Marchant Collection, and two further private collections.

The sale has a plethora of amazing motorcycles from every era, from Pioneer to Vintage, post-war to post-classic. The full catalogue can be downloaded for free HERE.


Saturday 20th April

Spares and Memorabilia (Lots 1 – 91) 11:00

Motorcycles (Lots 201- 272) 14:00

Sunday 21st April

Motorcycles (Lots 301 – 499) 11:00


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