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five single-owner collections go under hammer

Bonhams’ Autumn Stafford Sale (13/14 October) will comprise 477 lots, with 281 motorcycles and 196 lots of spares and memorabilia. This year’s sale boasts five single-owner collections, rare project machines and sports racers.

The Adrian Reed Collection includes more than 40 pioneer and vintage machines. The Willowbrook Collection comprises more than 80 motorcycles, ranging from vintage machines up to Grand Prix replicas. The vast majority of the collection is to be offered without reserve.
 
The Mark Wilsmore of Ace Café Collection (first reported yesterday) is as Rock ‘n’ Roll as the legendary café. It includes BSA Goldies, a Dunstall Commando and a flat tracker.
 
Basil Keys was known as the Peter Pan of Motorcycling, riding well in to his nineties. The sale will offer the second part of his collection of mechanical masterpieces.

A Bavarian single-owner collection will also be offered, comprising 25 important machines including the world’s longest wheelbase of any production motorcycle, the 1937 Böhmerland 603cc Langtouren.
 
Star lots include a 1925 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Sand Racer Project, one of only 12 surviving examples of the original SS100, the most desirable of Vintage-era motorcycles. It was purchased new for £22 10s in 1951, and has been in single family ownership for more than 65 years.
 
A1972 MV Agusta 750S is one of only 402 made. It has been in present ownership for nearly 30 years and underwent a full engine rebuild 3000km ago.
 
The sale will also include the hipflask presented to Rem Fowler following his success at the 1907 inaugural Isle of Man TT race.
 

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