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Bonhams locates the long-lost ‘Broughs of Bodmin Moor’

A long-lost hoard of eight Brough Superior motorcycles will be offered for sale by Bonhams in April, after they were discovered in a Cornish village for the first time in over 50 years…

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Held by Bonhams as “one of the greatest motorcycle discoveries of recent times,” the collection – dubbed the ‘Broughs of Bodmin Moor’ – comprises eight motorcycles either whole or in parts, including an ultra-rare four-cylinder example. Having languished in a Cornish barn for more than 50 years, the bikes were believed by many to have been destroyed, until Bonhams dispelled the urban myth by revealing the hoard. The auction house will offer this, the last known collection of unrestored Brough Superiors, at its Important Collectors’ Motorcycles sale in Stafford, on 24 April 2016. ‘All restorable’, the lots’ attached pre-sale estimates range from £6,000 to £120,000. Given the success of previous basket-case Broughs that have come to auction, we wouldn’t be surprised to see those estimates well exceeded. 

Photos: Bonhams

You can find several hundred modern and vintage motorcycles listed for sale in the Classic Driver Market.