Bonhams Stafford Sale Features Lineup of MotoGP And Post-War Motorcycles


A lineup of the Phil Morris Collection, soon to be made available at Bonham Autumn Stafford Sale
Credit: Bonham

With the turning of the seasons, riders across the land look forward to the annual Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale – and this year, the motorbike lineup is particularly well-stacked.

RideApart states that two collections in particular – the Phil Morris Road Racing Collection and a series of motorbikes that used to belong to German film critic Hans Schifferle – feature beautiful units ready for the chop block.

A motorcycle to go on auction at Bonhams from the Phil Morris Road Racing Collection
Ex-Broc Parkes, Paul Bird Motorsport, 2014 PBM-ART 1,000cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle, estimate £40,000 – 60,000. Credit: Bonham

527 lots are currently registered, with the Phil Morris Road Racing Collection sporting 24 rare racing motorcycles – beasties tied to a rich history of both MotoGP and the TT races. 

A motorcycle to go on auction at Bonhams from the Phil Morris Road Racing Collection
Ex-Michael Laverty, Paul Bird Motorsport, 2014 PBM-ART 1,000cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle, estimate £40,000 – 60,000. Credit: Bonham

Five particular bikes from this collection were obtained from the Paul Bird Motorsport Team – a crew founded by Grand Prix racer Paul Bird that used Aprilia machines between 2012 and 2014 with iconic legends such as Yonny Hernandez, Broc Parkes, James Ellison, and Michael Laverty in the mix.

A motorcycle to go on auction at Bonhams from the Phil Morris Road Racing Collection
Ex-James Ellison, Yonny Hernandez, Paul Bird Motorsport, 2012 Aprilia Art 1, 1,000cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle, estimate £40,000 – 60,000. Credit: Bonham

The second collection, courtesy of German film critic Hans Schifferle, also features some beautiful beasties, including a classic 1955 Bianchi 175cc Tonale, a 1958 Moto Guzzi 235cc Lodola Gran Turismo in a shiny coat of red, a 1965 Benelli 125cc Leoncino of the same hue, a blue and silver 1954 FB Mondial 200cc Sport, and a 1959 Horex Parilla 99cc Slughi (Saluki). 

A motorbike from the Schifferle Collection, available on auction at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale
1954 FB Mondial 200CC Extralusso. Credit: Bonham

Fancy yourself a big fan of the red team? Then you’ll love Schifferle’s 1958 Ducati 175 Sport with copper accents, his handful of 175cc racing Ducati machines from the 1950s, and pert-yet-speedy 1974 Ducati 750SS.

A motorbike from the Schifferle Collection, available on auction at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale
Schifferle Collection, 1974 Ducati 750SS. Credit: Bonham

Both collections also feature the Norton, AJS, and BSA brands, as well as units from Harley-Davidson, Indian Motorcycles, Excelsior, and a slew of bikes from Vincent.

A motorbike from the Schifferle Collection, available on auction at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale
The Hans Schifferle Collection, 1955 Vincent 998C Black Knight. Credit: Bonham

They even have a few Amanda Water Scooters to choose from – though they’re hardly in the motorbike category.

A water scooter from the Schifferle Collection, available on auction at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale
Schifferle Collection: C.1954 Vincent Amanda Water-Scooter. Credit: Bonham

And hey – if you’re more into the electric two-wheeler industry, you can always bid on Phil’s personal favorite of his collection – the 2018 Yamaha EC03 electric scooter.

a 2018 Yamaha EC03 electric scooter, available as a part of the Phil Morris Collection and estimated to be valued around £1,000 – 1,500
2018 Yamaha EC03 electric scooter, estimate £1,000 – 1,500

If you’re looking to be a part of October’s action, make sure to register first. You can choose to either bid in person, via Telephone in the form of proxy bidding, online via Bonham’s website, or by way of Bonham’s dedicated app, available on Android and iOS devices.

A motorbike from the Schifferle Collection, available on auction at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale
The Hans Schifferle Collection, 1973 MV Agusta 750GT

You’ve still got a couple of weeks to check out the rows of machines, so enjoy the view and make sure to brush up on today’s current list of bike lineups from before registering!

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