1929 Brooklands motorcycle sold for £67,580



2015-06-26 11:11:43

1929 Brooklands motorcycle sold for £67,580

A rare 1929 Grindlay-Peerless-JAP 500cc ‘Hundred Model’ motorcycle that blew away the Brooklands race circuit at over 100mph has sold at auction for £67,580.

It was one of the stars of Bonhams’ annual sale at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on October 21st, which totalled £1.3 million.

The 1929 Hundred Model was created by Grindlay-Peerless as a response to C W G ‘Bill’ Lacey becoming the first man to cover 100 miles in an hour on British soil, mounted on a Grindlay-Peerless motorcycle. However, only five or six of these bikes were actually sold, only two of which are known to have survived.

Back in these Vintage years of motorcycles, racing competitions were seen as a fantastic method of promotion and advertising. The One-Hour record was highly prized, and a victory that could gain a motorcycle model significant publicity. This racing Hundred Model won the Brooklands Gold Star award in 1937 while owned by prominent Vintage Motor Cycle Club member Edmond ‘Boy’ Tubb.

The top seller at the auction was not this rare Grindlay-Peerless, but in fact a 1958 Benelli Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle. One of just four final-specification Benelli 250cc singles built initially for the 1959 racing season, it sold for £74,300.

Other favourites included several Brough Superiors: a 1930 SS80 Brough Superior De Luxe ‘Black Bess’, previously owned by Titch Allen, sold for £68,700, a 1925 SS80 Brough Superior, at £63,100, and a 1938 Brough Superior 11/50 Special, for £32,200. A W. E Brough OHV flat-twin engine also sold for £21,250.

Further highlights were a 1935 Indian Four, sold for £36,800, a 1923 Henderson Deluxe, for £33,350, a 1925 Sunbeam Model 10 Sprint, £27,600, and a 1957 Matchless G45 Racing Motorcycle, for £23,000.

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