Bonhams motorcycle department saw success across the board at their Spring Stafford Sale today (23 April 2017), with a 90% sell through rate and an outstanding total of £2,132,257 achieved. Leading the sale was the 1949 Vincent HRD 988cc White Shadow Series-C Project, which realised a staggering £163,900 against a pre-sale estimate of £50,000-60,000.
RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, just announced that it will present a single-owner collection of fine motorcycles, comprising some of the most significant machines ever made, at its exclusive Villa Erba sale, 27 May, on the shores of Lake Como, Italy.
Designed by the legendary Fabio Taglioni, Ducati’s first road-going v-twin – the 750GT – arrived in 1971 and has since come to be regarded as one of the all-time great motorcycles of the post-war era. A 90-degree vee, the engine looked like two of the Bologna firm’s bevel-drive overhead-cam singles on a common crankcase, which in essence it was.