“It is arguably the most beautiful, graceful and innovative racing motorcycle ever built, the perfect blend of technology and art.” This is how Bonhams CEO, Malcolm Barber describes this extremely rare “Porcupine” bike from 1954. Only four such beauties were ever made by AJS during World War II, and this one has spent the last two decades in the National Motorcycle Museum in Coventry.
Not only is this 1954 AJS E95 Porcupine a rare beauty, but it is also famous for its racing history. So when it will go on auction this summer, it is expected to set a new record as the most expensive motorcycle in the world. Pre-sale estimates are very optimistic: $750,000. The bike that currently holds the “most expensive” title is a 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer, which sold in 2008 for $520,000.
The Bonhams sale will take place on August 18, at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California. Will you be there?