Japanese bike collection to head Bonhams auction at Stafford

1992 Honda NR750

A single-owner collection of almost 100 classic Japanese motorcycles, the majority of which are Hondas, will be offered for sale at the Bonhams auction during The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at the Staffordshire County Showground on Sunday 20th October.

The collection includes numerous Hondas, ranging from the humble but design-classic Super Cub to the NR750 and everything in between, including 10 unused monkey bikes and a number of exceptionally early machines. Also on offer are a selection of early Suzukis, Kawasakis and Yamahas, a variety of later 1970s and 1980s classics, and two prototype engines – a sand cast CBX1000 and a CX500.

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The machines, which are estimated to achieve a combined total of more than £300,000, are being sold by Michael Buttinger, a Dutch entrepreneur with a long-held love of motorcycles.

Ben Walker, Head of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department, said: "We are delighted to have been asked to offer Mr Buttinger's amazing and eclectic collection of Japanese classics for sale at our Autumn Stafford Sale. Mike's attention to detail with the those machines he has restored – or those he has purchased due to their high level of originality – is superb.

"The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show is the perfect venue at which to offer these machines, and we hope to achieve a good result."

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