The auction house Bonhams has sold a 1962 Triumph TR6SS that was ridden by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bud Ekins for a record £97,750, which translates into $124,671.
Bonhams sold the 649cc machine during an auction of motorcycles and parts at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford, England, on April 27. It sold for more than three times what it was expected to fetch.
Ekins rode the bike in the International Six Days Trial in West Germany in 1962, winning a gold medal.
Ekins was one America’s pioneering off-road motorcyclists. He was one of the first Americans to compete in the World Championship Motocross Grand Prix circuit in Europe during the 1950s. He also earned gold medals in the ISDT (now International Six Day Enduro).
After his racing career, Ekins went on to become one of Hollywood’s leading stuntmen. His most famous stunt was the climactic motorcycle jump scene in the 1963 movie, “The Great Escape,” starring another famous motorcyclist and future AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer: Steve McQueen.
Bonhams says the original-condition Triumph Trophy model sparked competitive bidding across two continents. An American bidder ended up winning the prized bike.
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewelry. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney.