An astounding collection of classic British motorcycles that have been gathering dust in a barn for 25 years will be auctioned off by UK-based Bonhams later this month. The 45 beautiful bikes, known as the John Keeley Collection, will be featured at Bonhams’ Stafford Sale, taking place October 18 at at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Staffordshire, UK.
The bikes range in condition from perfectly preserved to serious projects, and all the major British marques are represented including including BSA, Royal Enfield, Norton, Sunbeam, Ariel, Triumph and Brough Superior, known as the “Rolls-Royce of motorcycles”--one of which is expected to bring in around $76,000. The earliest examples date from the 1900s and some are rare military models.
“To find so many unrestored motorcycles under one roof is incredibly rare,” notes James Stensel, Bonhams Head of Collectors’ Motorcycles. “John had an appreciation for originality and an eye for quality; his 1928 Triumph 494cc Model P has the most incredible patina, whilst his 1934 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50HP retains its original and matching frame, engine, gearbox and associated accessories.” Nice.