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lifetime collection of off-road bikes to be sold

The Sant Hilari Collection of off-road motorcycles is to be sold by Bonhams on 27 April at the two-day Spring Stafford Sale (27/28 April). The entire collection – comprising more than 100 competition machines covering marques such as Gilera, Moto Guzzi, Kramer, Husqvarna, Maico, CZ, Jawa, Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, KTM, Bultaco, Motobi, Ossa, MAV, SWM, Moto Villa, Beta, Anvian, DKW, Cagiva, Greeves, Tri-BSA, Sachs, Fantic, Cannondale, VOR, Aprilia, Husaberg, Kawasaki, Montesa, Macal, Ducson and Ducati – will be offered without reserve.
The vendor amassed the collection of machines over a lifetime spent as both a competitive rider and a works mechanic for several top-flight teams. The collection charts the development of many manufacturers including several prototype examples.

Highlights of the collection include:

  •    1976 Husqvarna 250 CR GP (£2500-£3500)
  •    c.1983 Maico 250 Motocross (£2800 – £3500)
  •    c.1980 Barigo Yamaha TT500G Motocross (£3000-£4000)
  •    c.1979 Bultaco 370 Frontera Mk II Enduro (£2000-£3000)
  •    c.2004 Yamaha WR450F 2-TRAC Enduro (£4000-£6000, pictured)
  •   1954/1957 Tri-BSA 498cc Motocross (£6000-£9000)

James Stensel, head of Bonhams Motorcycle Department, commented: “We at Bonhams pride ourselves on catering to every aspect of the motorcycling world, and competition machines play an integral role within it. So many of today’s best riders cut their teeth on competition motorcycles and it is a corner of the market that has sadly often overlooked despite its passionate international fan base. We look forward to welcoming likeminded enthusiasts and collectors to our Spring Stafford Sale for another two-day motorcycle bonanza.”
In addition to the Sant Hilari Collection, the sale includes an impressive range of veteran, vintage, and classic machines, including an Ex-Tom Arter Snr, Brands Hatch Grass Track lap record holder; c.1938 AJS 500cc Model 38-7 Grass Track Racing Special (£16,000 – 18,000); Ex-George and Mildred, Dad’s Army, 1933 Brough Superior 1096cc 11-50hp and Cruiser Sidecar (£60,000 – 80,000); 1925 Coventry Eagle 980cc Flying-8 OHV (£100,000 – £120,000); 1924 Brough Superior 980cc SS80, (£90,000 – £130,000); 1952 Vincent 998cc Rapide Series-C (£28,000 – £32,000).


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