British Coventry-Eagle Flying-8 up for auction

Super-rare motorcycle. Only bankers need apply.

A PAIR of British Coventry-Eagle Flying-8 motorcycles, a 1925 SV and a 1928 OHV, will be auctioned by Bonhams America.

Both uncommon and highly sought-after, the Flying-8 model was regarded as one of the most attractive –and most expensive– motorcycles of its time.

The latter machine, one of very few known to exist, was considered a superbike of the 1920s and was a worthy rival of Brough Superior and a formidable Brooklands racer. Rarely seen on the open market, these elegant machines are estimated at £50,000 and £120,000, respectively.

Bonhams’ 14th annual sale at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, takes place on on Thursday and Friday, August 18th - 19th.