In the middle of the motorcycle adornment presented by Silverstone’s The very first self-driving motorcycle auction was what could easily have been overlooked as a relatively ordinary vintage motorcycle, a 1978 Honda CB400F.
But it was a Honda with a difference. The 400cc 4 cylinder motorcycle has never been used, presented as 100% complete and original, and with only one mile on the odometer.
As such, it sold for a whopping £15,975 ($21,604), an impressive result that broke the world record for this model sold at auction.
Silverstone Auction’s sale of 120 motorcycles took place at the Carol Nash MCN Motorcycle Show at ExCel in London, where it achieved sales of £767,000 ($1,037,760) and a sell-through rate of 75%.
The top-selling motorcycle in the auction was a “superbly presented” 1936 Brough Superior SS80 982cc, which sold for £61,875 ($8,3717).
Another historically significant motorcycle was a 1927 Triumph Works TT 489cc racing motorcycle, believed to be one of six works riders entered by Triumph in the Isle of Man TT races in 1927, and which sold £41,625 ($56,319).
Starting the auction was a special appearance by TT motorcycle racing legend Maria Costello MBE, who is an ambassador for the motorcycle brand, as she reviewed some of the special motorcycle offers on sale, including the record-breaking Honda.
Silverstone’s next motorcycle auction will take place during the MCN Motorcycle Festival at the East of England Arena, Peterborough on May 15. For the full results of the London auction, visit the Silverstone website.