Thursday, April 25, 2024


Bonhams Motorcycle Department’s ‘Summer Sale’ will take place at Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire, on 14-16 August. The sale will be on view in the 50,000 sq ft former RAF Bomber Station hangar at Bicester Heritage, with pre-sale viewing on the 13 & 14 August by appointment.

The sale features more than 580 lots and will take place over three days, with a sale of the Spares and Memorabilia (including The Morbidelli Collection Spares and Memorabilia) on Friday 14 August. The motorcycles from the The Morbidelli Collection will be offered on Sunday 16 August.

Department Director, Ben Walker commented; “Bicester Heritage is a fitting backdrop for what is set to be a truly memorable sale with a brand new live and online auction format. Bonhams inaugural Live & Online Motoring Auction on Saturday 30 May at Bicester Heritage clearly demonstrated the appeal and appetite for this auction format and we saw a significant increase in bidder registrations. The sale total exceeded £2million and had a combined sell-through rate of 80%. 100% of all motorcycles sold to new owners, 82% selling above top estimate.”

One of the highlights of the sale is an ultra-rare 1975 Suzuki 750cc XR11 Formula 750 Racing Motorcycle ridden to victory in the 1976 Isle of Man Classic TT by Texaco Heron Team Suzuki works rider John Williams. It has an estimate of £42,000-48,000.

The current vendor, a motorcycle racing enthusiast with an important private collection, saw this XR11 advertised in MCN in the early 1980s and purchased it from the owner, a garage proprietor in Leominster. The Suzuki has been kept as part of his collection since then and is presented in wonderful ‘as last raced’ condition. Ex-factory machines of this pedigree – original and unmolested – rarely come to the market, making this ultra-rare and historic TT-winning XR11 of exceptional interest to collectors.

The sale will be a Live ‘Behind-Closed-Doors’ auction. The auctioneer will be present on the rostrum as usual, and bids will be accepted in the following formats: online, on the phone, or by leaving an absentee bid. All bidding will be conducted remotely via a live stream online and in accordance with the latest government guidelines. Pre-sale viewing of all lots is by appointment only. Live and interactive video condition reports and enhanced online ‘walk around video’ content will be available for bidders.

The sale is not taking place at The Stafford County Showground following the recent announcement that The International Classic Motorcycle Show, scheduled for the 15 & 16 August, has been cancelled.

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