In 1890, Messrs Hotchkiss, Mayo and Meek began selling “Royal Eagle” bicycles at their Hill Cross, UK factory.
As motor bicycles evolved, the Coventry Eagle motorcycle was born, becoming a rival for the formidable Brough Superior.
An ultra-rare British made motorbike, one of only a handful known to survive
The most famous Coventry Eagle motorbikes were the Flying-8s, which took their name from the engine’s RAC rating of 8 horsepower.
Sadly, the onset of the Depression forced the company to abandon production of its more expensive models, and the last overhead-valve Flying-Eight left the factory in 1930.
At Bonhams‘ stunning Quail Lodge auction in Carmel, California on August 18–19, this example one of only a handful of OHV Flying-8s known to survive, is expected to fetch up to $300,000.
Sure, you could spend the money on 20 new Ducatis, but what fun would that be….?
- Posted August 11, 2011
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