Tennant-Eyles restoration, offered for sale for the first time in 22 years,1937 Brough Superior SS100 Frame no. M1/1897 Engine no. BS/X2 1099
Lot 280A
Tennant-Eyles restoration, offered for sale for the first time in 22 years,1937 Brough Superior SS100 Frame no. M1/1897 Engine no. BS/X2 1099
US$ 220,000 - 250,000
£130,000 - 150,000
amended
Lot Details
Tennant-Eyles restoration, offered for sale for the first time in 22 years
1937 Brough Superior SS100
Frame no. M1/1897
Engine no. BS/X2 1099
Subject of a restoration by U.K. specialists J.W. Tennant-Eyles in 1990, this Brough Superior SS100 was featured in Cycle World magazine, including cover placement, soon after its arrival in the U.S. Thoroughly enamored after his several-hours ride on the bike, Editor-in-Chief David Edwards opined that, "Classic or modern, this may be the most handsome motorcycle ever built, proof positive that a bike need be adorned with little else than chrome, black paint and gold pinstripes."

Since that time, the SS100 has remained in the care of one family, often displayed at the San Diego Automotive Museum, and is now being offered for sale for the first time. With its optional chromed fenders, nickel-plated fuel tank, fishtail exhausts and leather-faced toolboxes, this SS100 certainly exemplifies the famous marque's advertising motto, "The Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles." It is powered by an AMC-built Matchless 1000cc V-Twin, one of 102 SS100s so-equipped, according to the Brough Superior Club.

Each SS100 that left the factory was certified as capable of attaining 100 miles per hour, an astounding claim in the 1930s. Editor Edwards got this very Brough up to an indicated 80 mph with plenty of throttle to spare before discretion on the borrowed bike slowed him down. After the speed run, he reported that the bike "felt as solid and stately as the Houses of Parliament, with a restrained but muscular melody flowing from the twin fishtails. Vibration at that speed was minimal. It's easy to see how (noted SS100 owner) T.E. Lawrence knocked off repeated 500- to 700-mile days aboard his Broughs."

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