1921 Brough 5hp Model G
Registration no. AU 4249
Frame no. 1352
Engine no. 206
Father of the better-known George, engineer William E Brough had already built a light car and a tricycle at his Nottingham workshop before completing his first motorcycle in 1902. Single-cylinder, v-twin and horizontally opposed twin-cylinder engines were used prior to WWI, though only the latter type was used post-war. William Brough's company ceased production in 1925, leaving his son's Brough Superiors to carry on the family tradition.
This rare Brough motorcycle was purchased by the vendor's late brother around 1968/69, at which time it was complete and in need of restoration. Her brother commenced the restoration soon after acquisition and continued with the work until his tragic death in 1974 at the age of only 24, by which time the machine had progressed to the condition it is presented in today. After his death, ownership passed to his mother and thence to her daughter. The machine has remained in dry storage, untouched, since 1974.
'AU 4249' is a Model G (of 692cc) with all-chain drive and a Sturmey-Archer gearbox. Braking is by stirrup at the front (blocks missing) and dummy belt rim at the rear. The original exhaust system incorporates an unusual cast-alloy silencer beneath the engine. Accompanying the machine, but not fitted, are a reconditioned Thompson-Bennett magneto, various control levers, a front number plate, cast alloy rear chainguard, front mudguard, acetylene headlamp and generator, and a front stand.
Paperwork consists of an original RF60 continuation logbook dating from April
1959, which notes that first registration was 4th February 1921. The registration 'AU 4249' was issued in Nottingham, where the Brough was manufactured, and it is likely that the machine spent all its life in and around the East Midlands as the two owners listed in the logbook were from Ilkeston (Derbyshire) and Louth (Lincolnshire).
This machine represents an exciting opportunity to acquire one of the rarest flat-tank models of the Vintage era with the added prestige of being one of the 'original' Broughs. Indeed, we cannot recall seeing one of these Broughs being offered for sale within the last several years.
Having been in long-term storage, the Brough will require further restoration, re-assembly, re-commissioning and the customary safety checks before returning to the road. Prospective purchasers are advised to satisfy themselves as to the completeness, or otherwise, of this motorcycle prior to bidding.