British motorcycle sales record set by Brough Superior BS4.
It was only expected to fetch around £100,000, but an ex-Hubert Chantrey, 1938 Brough Superior BS4 has fetched £331,900 to an unnamed, German collector.
The record-breaking bike was one of the ‘Bodmin Brough‘ collection, described as ‘the greatest motorcycle discovery of recent times’ after a collection of old motorcycles – and bike bits – was found in a barn in a village near Bodmin.
All eight of the bikes found were sold by Bonhams at their Stafford sale this past weekend, and the total lot went for an astonishing £752,625.
“The Broughs of Bodmin Moor are the motorcycle discovery of the decade. They’ve caused quite a stir in the saleroom, with each one far exceeding estimate, allowing us to break our own world record for a British motorcycle sold at auction.” – Ben Walker, Bonhams.
Not bad for something lingering in an old shed for decades.
The star of the show – of course – was the Superior 800cc BS4. Back in its day this was a revolutionary machine; it was the first four cylinder motorcycle in a world dominated by singles and twins. Only ten were ever made, and this model sold, is now one of only seven known to exist.