Friday, November 05, 2010

THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE MOTORCYCLES

Regularly updated; The Vintagent's 'Most Expensive' list is the only reliable source tracking top motorcycle sales. All motorcycles were actually sold at PUBLIC AUCTION; no fake PR claims or unverified sales included.

The World's Most Expensive motorcycle sales at auction:
(Updated May 3rd, 2016.  Note: Price conversions represent the exchange rate on the day of sale)

1. 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer (ex Steve McQueen) - $852,000
March 2015, Las Vegas, Mecum









2. 1907 Harley-Davidson 'Strap Tank' - $715,000
March 2015, Las Vegas, Mecum








3. 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer - £275,600 / $551,200
July 2008, Monterey, MidAmerica










4. 1929 Brough Superior 'Alpine Grand Sports' SS100 -  £315,000 / $494,580
November 30, 2014, Bond St, Bonhams







5. 1931 Brough Superior-Austin 'BS4' 3-wheeler - £331,900 / $481,624
April 2016, Stafford, Bonhams









6. 1939 BMW RS255 'Kompressor' - $480,000 / £300,000
January 2013, Las Vegas, Bonhams









7. 1922 Brough Superior SS80 'Old Bill' - £291,200 / $469,763
Oct.23, 2012, England, HandH Auctions








8. 1929 Brough Superior SS100 - £286,000 / $465,350
Oct.22, 2010, Sparkford, HandH Auctions









9. 1926 Brough Superior SS100 'Alpine Grand Sports' - £280,800 / $453,000
Oct 31, 2012, Battersea, RM Auctions








10. 1951 Vincent 'White' Shadow in red - $434,000
Jan. 7th, 2016, Las Vegas, Bonhams









11. 1939 Brough Superior SS100, ex-George Brough - £235,500 / $426,100
April 26, 2014, Stafford, Bonhams








12. 1927 Harley-Davidson FHA 8-Valve racer - A$600,000  / $423,700
Sep.12, 2015, Melbourne, Shannon's









13. 1911 Flying Merkel board track racer - $423,500
March 2015, Las Vegas, Mecum








14. 1938 HRD-Vincent Series A Rapide - £275,900 / $417,000
April 2015, Stafford, Bonhams








15. 1926 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports project - £259,100 / $400,000
October 2015, Stafford, Bonhams







16. 1934 Brough Superior SS100 'Two of Everything' - £242,300 / $393,400
April 2012, Stafford, Bonhams








17. 1939 Vincent-HRD Series A Rapide - £27,3000 / $392,235
April 2016, Stafford, Bonhams








18. 1942 Crocker 'Big Tank' - $385,000
March 2015, Las Vegas, Mecum








19. 1932 Brough Superior 'BS4' 3-Wheel Austin-engine - £246,400 / $377,950
April 2013, Imperial War Museum, HandH







20. 1948 Vincent-HRD 'Black Lightning' - £246,000 / $377,260
April 2013, Imperial War Museum, HandH









21. 1938 HRD-Vincent Series A Rapide - £225,500 / $366,110
April 2012, Stafford, Bonhams








22. 1949 Vincent Black Lightning Supercharged - £221,500 / $383,400
October 2008, Stafford, Bonhams








23. 1927 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports project - £236,700 / $365,400
Oct 2015, Stafford, Bonhams






24. 1959 Harley Davidson FL 'Panhead', ex-Jerry Lee Lewis £238,700 / $358,000
Jan. 22, 2015, Kissimmee FL, Mecum








25. 1907 Harley Davidson 'Strap Tank' Single  -  £186,560 / $352,000
Oct. 21, 2006, Gooding and Co.
 







26. 1939 Vincent-HRD 998cc Series-A Rapide - £198,400 / $347,200
September 2008, New Bond St, Bonhams








27. 1929 Brough Superior SS100 'Moby Dick' - £210,000 / $330,000
October 2011, Stafford, Bonhams



28. 2013 Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide (ex-Pope) - $327,000
Feb. 2014, Paris, Bonhams








29. 1937 Brough Superior SS110, ex-Olympia Motorcycle Show £208,700 / $322,150
October 2015, Stafford, Bonhams










30. 2010 Ducati GP10 CS1 - e251,500 / $320,000
May 2012, Monaco, RM Auctions









31. 1938 Brough Superior SS100 £219,900 / $319, 099
April 2016, Stafford, Bonhams 









32. 1927 Zenith-JAP 8/45hp  - £177,500 / $312,986
September 2008, New Bond St, Bonhams











33. 2011 Ducati GP11 VR2 - e245,700 / $312,500
May 2012, Monaco, RM Auctions









34. 1940 Crocker 'Big Tank' twin -  £192,374 / $302,000
August 2012, Quail Lodge, Bonhams








35. 1937 Crocker 'Small Tank' twin -  £192,374 / $302, 000
August 2012, Quail Lodge, Bonhams








36. 1915 Iver Johnson twin -  £193,841 / $299,600
January 2012, Las Vegas, MidAmerica









37. 1934 Brough Superior 996cc SS100 - £166,500 / $293.589
April 2008, Stafford, Bonhams










38. 1937 Crocker 'Small Tank' twin -  £185,367 / $291,000
August 2012, Quail Lodge, Bonhams









39. 1954 AJS Porcupine -  £163,600 / $288,475
April 2000, Stafford, Bonhams










40. 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8 (replica) - £196,250 / $284,562
Feb 2016, London, Coys









41. 1939 Brough Superior SS100 - £181,420 / $280,400
January 2011, Las Vegas, MidAmerica







42. 1937 Crocker 'Hemi-Head' -  £144,350 / $276,000
November 2006, Los Angeles, Bonhams












43. 1929 Scott Flying Squirrel 600cc (ex-Steve McQueen/Von Dutch) -  £168,360 / $276,000
June 2009, New York, Antiquorum






44. 1938 Brough Superior 982cc SS100 - £151,100 / $264,400
September 2008, New Bond St, Bonhams








45. 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead ex-Marlon Brando $256,000
June 28 2015, Julien's Auctions, Los Angeles









46. 1938 Brough Superior SS100 - £157,700 / $255,900
April 2010, Stafford, Bonhams












47. 1938 Brough Superior SS100 - £175,100 / $254,089
April 2015, Stafford, Bonhams









48.  1928 Indian 'Altoona' sidevalve hillclimber - $247,500
March 2015, Las Vegas, Mecum








49. 1941 Crocker Big Tank - $243,800
January 2007, Las Vegas, MidAmerica










50. 1938 Brough Superior SS100 - $238,000
January 2011, Las Vegas, MidAmerica







51. 1929 Coventry Eagle Flying 8 KTOR - £163,900 / $237,837
April 2016, Stafford, Bonhams









52. 1939 Crocker 'Small Tank' twin - $236,500
Oct. 21, 2006, Gooding and Co.








53. 1912 Harley-Davidson Model 8A Twin - $236,500
March 2015, Las Vegas, Mecum







54. 1939 Crocker V-Twin Big Twin - $233,200
January 2008, Las Vegas, MidAmerica










55. 1954 BMW RS54 Rennsport - £143,000 / $232,000
Oct. 22, 2010, Haynes, HandH








56. 1912 Henderson 4-cylinder - $225,500
March 2015, Las Vegas, Mecum







57. 1950 Vincent 'White Shadow' - $224,250 / £147,850
January 2015, Las Vegas, Bonhams








58. 1937 Brough Superior 11-50 - £147,100 / $222,400
April 2015, Stafford, Bonhams









59. 1930 Brough Superior 680 Black Alpine - £138,140 / $209,000
April 2015, Stafford, Bonhams








60. 1924 Montgomery-Anzani 8/38hp V-Twin £109,300 / $192,702
April 2006, Stafford, Bonhams








61. 1938 Vincent-HRD Series A Rapide £126,940 / $196,000
October 2015, Stafford, Bonhams







62. 1911 Harley Davidson 7D Twin  $187,000
October 21, 2006, Gooding and Co.







63. 1964 Bianchi Bicylindrica Bialbero GP - £122,650 / $177,840
Feb 2016, London, Coys










64. 1926 Coventry Eagle Flying 8  £106,780 / $166,450
April 2015, Stafford, Bonhams








65. 1951 Moto Guzzi Bicylindrica GP - £111,500 / $161,675
Feb 2016, London, Coys











66. 1930 Indian Model 402 4-cylinder w/sidecar £96,700 / $149,350
October 2015, Stafford, Bonhams







THE STATISTICS: 
From the 'Top 20': 14 of the top sellers are British, 5 are from the USA, and one's from Germany. Seven of these bikes were racing machines. 16 are large-capacity v-twins. 13 would have been called 'powerful luxury motorcycles' when new. All of them were extremely low-volume production models, or factory racing specials.

By Decade of Manufacture: 
1900s = 2
1910s = 3
1920s = 6
1930s = 4
1940s = 3
1950s = 1

By Auction House:
Bonhams = 9
Mecum = 5
H and H = 4
RM Auctions = 1
Shannon's = 1

By Sale Year:
2008 = 3
2010 = 1
2011 = 1
2012 = 3
2013 = 3
2014 = 2
2015 = 7
2016 = 3

By Marque:
9 Brough Superiors
4 Vincent-HRDs
2 Harley-Davidsons
2 Cyclones
1 Flying Merkel
1 Crocker
1 BMW

11 comments:

brian b said...

What about the BMW RS54 sold at H&H October 22, 2010
It went for 143,000 British pounds
About $230,000

http://www.classic-auctions.co.uk/Auctions/22-10-2010-HaynesInternationalMotorMuseum-1274/1954BMWRS54-32014.aspx

The Vintagent said...

Thanks Brian, I've updated the list!

Her Majesty's Thunder said...

Really cool post Paul. Those dark Broughs are sinisterly sexy. You always have nice big photos too. Keep up the great work!

Stephen Pate said...

How about the Rapide at Bonhams... I think it was before 08... maybe 06... that was $420k+ USD. Came out of Brian Verill's estate.

I know it happened... I have a hard time imagining someone paying that for #2. I just don't get their appeal... it must be as art and never to ride. In *my world* as f'ed up as it is... #3 would have seen what the Cyclone did. It's a bizarre little world out there.

The Vintagent said...

Stephen, I've included all the Bonhams and MidAmerica stuff - it's the other auction houses which are more difficult to access data from. If you know of any Japanese auction results, let me know!

Greg Williams said...

Paul,interesting. Wasn't a Coventry-Eagle Flying-8 about the same price as a Brough-Superior when new?

The Vintagent said...

Greg, the Brough Superior was always the most expensive machine, even among bikes with similar 'spec', such as Coventry-Eagle, Zenith, McEvoy, etc.
But yes, all these were very expensive motorcycles when new - you could buy a decent house in England for the price of a Brough in 1929...so I guess they're currently undervalued!

Brad B. said...

I'd rather see a list of really great bikes you can get for under $1000 than these museum bikes/trailer queens that will sit in some guy's living room.

I/M said...

HI,
Any word on what the Marty Dickerson Vincent ended up selling for? I saw-on here actually-, that it was going to be on the block, but never heard the results.

The Vintagent said...

@Brian B: Inexpensive classic motorcycles can be found in all the classic bike rags - they publish 'cheap and cheerful' lists every year or so.
My interest is in the creme de la creme of Motorcycling, and how our cultural perception of their value changes over time. Few people can afford them, but few can afford Rembrandts; that's just the way it goes...

Anonymous said...

Paul, I count seven Broughs in the top 20 not six, correct?
MSG