Ten Vincent HRD motorcycles, including several “barn finds” rescued from a warehouse in the Midwest, will be among the motorcycles offered on October 5 at the Bonhams auction at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.
The sale, held during the Birmingham Vintage Festival, will also include a pair of dirt bikes with the ownership of famous motorcycles, once owned and ridden by Bruce Brown, director of the iconic motorcycle documentary. Any Sunday.
Brown’s motorcycles are a 1967 Triumph Tiger Cub and a 1970 Husqvarna 250 Cross.
“The Triumph was Brown’s first real motorcycle (he traded in his Honda scooter to help with the purchase) and it opened the door to a friendship with Steve McQueen, which led to the creation of Any Sunday, ” Bonhams said in a press release. “You could say that this bike was the catalyst for the production of the greatest motorcycle documentary ever made.
“In addition, it is in its original, unrestored condition, with matching numbers and low mileage.
The Husqvarna has a direct connection to the film, notes Bonhams.
“The Husky was gifted to Brown by Edison Dye, the exclusive US importer of Husqvarna at the time,” the statement said. “In a now famous move of brilliant product placement, Dye donated several 250 Cross models for the film.”
The famous British brand’s Vincents include four Black Shadows from production C and D, an Egli Vincent built to Lightning specs and two Comets. Project bikes salvaged from long warehouse storage include a Black Prince, Black Shadow and Rapide, as well as many original Vincent parts.
For more information on the Bonhams Motorcycle Sale, visit the auction website.