October 11th, 2019.

A very special collection from the famous London Motorcycle Museum representing the ‘Best of British’ is one of the highlights being offered for sale in next month’s Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale taking place at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at the Staffordshire County Showground (19-20 October).

The Bill Crosby Collection as displayed at The London Motorcycle Museum, has been carefully curated by Bill Crosby since the 1960s, the museum’s founder and well-known former Triumph dealer.

The fantastic selection of over 80 motorcycles from Bill’s personal collection, represents the golden age of the great British motorcycle engineering, and charts the

development of so many marques from AJS to Velocette, via BSA, Matchless, Norton, Triumph and Rudge.

As would be expected, the bulk of the collection, expected to realise a total of circa £300,000, wears the Triumph badge, including the following gems:

Triumph TS8-1 Prototype, estimate £8,000 – 14,000
Fitted with a TSX8 engine, ONE ‘push’ mile from new.

c.1971 Triumph 650cc TR6P Police Motorcycle, estimate £5,000 – 7,000
Based on the TRCR roadster, also known as the ‘Tiger’, built to police specification, reflecting Triumph’s history of providing machines to police forces around the world.

1964 Triumph 500cc TRW Military Motorcycle, estimate £3,000 – 5,000
Finished in ‘Army Green’ this unrestored Trophy-based TRW comes complete with luggage rack, canvas panniers and a brass plaque confirming its order by the Ministry of Defence.

1977 Triumph 750cc T140V ‘Strongbow’ Flat Tracker, estimate £8,000 – 10,000
One of a batch of six or seven T140V Bonnevilles built by Triumph for flat-track racing in the UK towards the end of 1977.

1928 Triumph 549cc Model NSD with Swallow Sidecar, estimate £6,000 – 9,000
The NSD was the ultimate development of Triumph’s landmark and successful Model P, which was produced at the rate of 1,000 bikes per week in the 1920s. This example is eligible for and has participated in Vintage events such as the Banbury Run.

Other highlights of the circa 400-lot Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale include:

1927 Brough Superior Overhead 680 Project, estimate £60,000 – 80,000.

This early, Vintage-era Overhead 680, with matching frame and engine numbers, was purchased in 1955 (for £40!) by the vendor's late father. It was attached to a Milford sidecar and the owner's father passed his test on the Brough combination.

In the 1970s the machine completed several Banbury Runs, winning many awards 'RR 7112' has been restored at various times during the family's 64-year ownership, and was last taxed to the end of February 1990. Last run circa 10 years ago and now offered for restoration.

1948 Norton 350cc Manx Racing Motorcycle, estimate £16,000 – 20,000.

This example of the best-known racing motorcycle of all time is the last 1948 model built, so-called due to its plunger-suspended ‘garden gate’ frames. Ridden in that year’s Manx Grand Prix, it was later owned by the celebrated tuner/entrant, Reg Dearden of Chorlton, Manchester, sponsor of countless riders including stars such as Geoff Duke, Gary Hocking and Dave Chadwick. It has since been displayed at the International Classic Bike Show and is now offered as ‘un-restored’.

1949 Vincent HRD 998cc Series-C Rapide, estimate £22,000 – 28,000
An un-restored matching-numbers example of one of the first 50 Series-C ‘transition model’, with its petrol tank still bearing the HRD logo before the company’s trading name was changed to just ‘Vincent’ that year.

Owned by the present family since the 1960s, this motorcycle requires sympathetic re-commissioning or restoration before use. It is one of a ‘stash’ of barn-find motorcycles of ex-Manx Grand Prix and TT racer Raymond Ashcroft, which also includes his original c.1970 Yamaha 347cc TR2, estimate £8,000 – 12,000. He is believed to have campaigned the 1972 Senior TT on this machine which bears a scrutineer’s sticker for that year. This is complemented by an as new TR2 spares still in its crate (offered as a separate lot in the memorabilia and spares auction).

c.2016 Harley-Davidson 1,570cc Custom Cycle ‘White Unique’, estimate £50,000 – 100,000.
The unique ‘Würzburg Village’ customised motorcycle is the latest in a succession of motorcycles and motor cars that have been donated to the Papacy and sold on for charity.

In this case, the project began a few years ago when Dr Thomas Draxler, founder of the ‘Jesus Bikers’, suggested the idea to Karl Wallner, professor of dogmatics and then rector of the Philosophical-Theological University Heiligenkreuz in Lower Austria. Würzburg Village then collaborated with the Jesus Bikers to produce this wonderful custom motorcycle.

This unique machine features lots of details in Chicano style, numerous gilded parts, a pearl finish and the largest signature of Pope Francis to date. The proceeds of the sale are to benefit a mission to build an orphanage and a school in Uganda to provide shelter for abandoned and deprived children.

As would be expected with the sale taking place at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Bonhams is offering an excellent cross section of Japanese, Italian and ‘Classic Mechanics’ type machinery, including Suzuki GT750s, Honda CB750s, Kawasaki Z1s, plus a single owner collection of low mileage Bimotas (estimate range £5,000 – 10,000) and a 2002 Mondial Piega – one of a limited-production run of these hand-built Italian motorcycles. Estimate £12,000 – 18,000.

The auction of road and racing motorcycles from the celebrated Morbidelli Motorcycle Museum in Italy, which was due to take place at the Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale, has been postponed due to a delay in the administrative process concerning the export of the machines. This sale will still go ahead at a later date to be advised in due course.

Ben Walker, International Head of Bonhams Motorcycles, said: “Once again we return to Stafford with an even greater selection of motorcycles on offer, representing a wide range of eras and genres. We are particularly delighted to have been entrusted with the Bill Crosby collection which truly embodies the Best of British motorcycles from the industry’s golden age.”

The Autumn Stafford Sale takes place over two days on the 19th and 20th of October, with viewing on both days. Entry is by invitation or by the purchase of a hard copy sale catalogue.

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Saturday 19 October 9am to 5pm

Sunday 20 October from 9am

Saturday 19 October

Spares, Memorabilia (Lots 1 - 151) midday

Motorcycles (The London Motorcycle Museum) (Lots 201 - 290) 2pm

Sunday 20 October

Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 450) 11am

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The Autumn Stafford Sale - The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford - 19/20 October 2019.
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