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Lot 494: Coventry-Eagle Flying-8 Sidevalve

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

The Coventry Eagle Flying-8, worthily designated the "Pullman Express" by Motor Cycling, represents the highest attainable luxury, comfort and speed on two wheels.'  Coventry Eagle. This sidevalve-engined Flying-8 was first registered in London in 1925 and for many years was owned by Vintage Motor Cycle Club stalwart, Cliff Barham of Enfield. During the latter's ownership the Flying Eight formed part of a motorcycle combination that was a regular participant in VMCC events throughout the 1970s. The accompanying history file contains photographs of Cliff Barham and the Coventry Eagle at the Banbury, Windsor and Chiltern Runs, as well as the Manx Rally. Over the years the machine has acquired a number of non-standard components including the control levers, throttle twist-grip, chaincase and muffler, while the engine currently fitted dates from 1932. Professional refurbishment undertaken in 2006/2007 included the wheels, tires/tubes, brakes and magdyno, in addition to an engine overhaul. In April 2008 the then owner, Mr A White, offered the machine for sale at Bonhams' Stafford auction where it was purchased by the current vendors. Since acquisition the Flying-8 has been maintained by the same engineer that restored the vendors' overhead-valve version and has been kept in heated museum premises as part of their important private collection in the UK, seeing only occasional use. Presented in generally good condition, the machine is offered with the aforementioned period photographs, various press cuttings, sundry restoration invoices, (reproduction) instruction manual, assorted correspondence, Banbury Run program (1973), old-style continuation logbook (issued 1970), a quantity of expired tax discs, expired MoT (August 2008) and UK Swansea V5C registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number494
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€38000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€40090
Year1925
Condition rating
Registration numberYL 6543
Mileage-
Chassis number36244
Engine numberKTC/U 13585/VSC
Engine capacity (cc)980
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors