Rare 1920s Croft-Cameron super Eight Stars at Bonhams sale

By Paul Joseph

The 1924 Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight motorbike sold for £203,100 at the bi-annual Bonhams Stafford Sale on Sunday.

Among the super-sports big twins of the 1920s and ‘30s, this striking and powerful machine is the product of the short lived Coventry based Croft-Cameron company.

Meanwhile, an extremely rare 1948 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-B smashed through its estimate of £50,000-60,000 to reach £113,500.

Malcolm Barber, Co-Chairman of Bonhams and auctioneer at the sale said, “UK bidding was competitive from both the trade and private collectors – the pound taking on strong European and indeed international currencies.”

Among other Vincents on offer was the third oldest complete and original post-war Vincent – a 1946 998cc Rapide Series-B that sold for an impressive £68,700.

Other notable sales included a 1937 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50HP Motorcycle Combination (first owned by the Sheffield police) that went for £85,500 and an ex-works, NCR, Sports Motor Cycles, Roger Nicholls, Isle of Man TT Formula 1, 1977 Ducati 905cc Production Racing Motorcycle that made £59,740.

Elsewhere, a limited edition 1997 Ducati 996cc 916 SPS sold for an exceptional £22,770.

The entire sale realised £1,572,712 with a sale rate of 94% of the lots offered, at 94% of estimated value.

By Paul Joseph