Would you pay over £203,000 for this? At a UK auction? It happened at Stafford as part of the BRILLIANT Classic Motorcycle Mechanics show.

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Yes, that’s what one collector paid for the incredibly rarer 1924 Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight that came up for auction at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Stafford Show at the weekend which saw a huge crowd in attendance amid classic road and race bikes with the stars of the show being Dave Aldana and Gene Romero from the seminal 1970s motorcycle iconic film On Any Sunday.

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Part of the Bonhams auction that is held at the annual event, the auction raised more than £1.5 million overall.

The Croft-Cameron sold for it’s £203,100 amongst a raft of other super-sports big twins of the 1920s and ’30s.

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

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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.

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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.”

James Stensel, Head of Bonhams Motorcycle Department, added: “The Bonhams Stafford Sale continues to act as the international barometer for collectors’ motorcycle sales. The strong results at Stafford, including an industry leading percentage sale rate, were a welcome indication of the strength of the market. We look forward to welcoming the motorcycle community back to Stafford in April and in the meantime are inviting entries for our December Olympia, January Las Vegas and February Paris sales.”

Tony Carter

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