1936 Brough Superior 982cc SS80  Frame no. M8/1675 Engine no. BS/X4 4391

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Lot 155
1936 Brough Superior 982cc SS80
Registration no. AFM 898 Frame no. M8/1675 Engine no. BS/X4 4391

Sold for £ 41,100 (US$ 56,053) inc. premium
1936 Brough Superior 982cc SS80
Registration no. AFM 898
Frame no. M8/1675
Engine no. BS/X4 4391
George Brough was no shrinking violet when it came to marketing his quality motorcycles, the very name Brough Superior being a master-stroke in marketing terms. Although frequently described as ‘The Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles’, his sporting machines had more in common with the vintage Bentley and contemporary brochures referred to the Brough Superior as “a type of machine designed from the experienced solo rider’s point of view”. The SS80 was introduced in 1922, powered by a JAP engine and came with a guarantee of an 80mph top speed in road trim. George Brough himself, on an SS80, achieved the distinction of riding the first side valve-engined machine to lap Brooklands at 100mph.

The 1930’s saw the Brough Superior marque well established with a healthy order book, Brough favouring JAP engines in the early years of that decade. In 1935 the SS80 was re-launched with the 982cc, side-valve, V-twin engine from Associated Motor Cycles which differed from the earlier Matchless engines, featuring ‘knife-and-fork’ big-end bearing arrangement, and it was this engine that Brough Superior favoured until production was curtailed by hostilities in 1939.

M8/1675, a 1936 rigid frame example, was despatched from the Nottingham factory at Haydn Road on 30th July 1936, bound for Marstons of Bridge Street, Chester, whose supplier’s plate remains on the front mudguard. Correspondence from Michael Leatherdale, Machine Registrar of the Brough Superior Club, advises a previous owner that this was the only Brough ever supplied to Marstons. Specification at the time included Lucas electrics, a Smiths 0-120mph speedometer and a Lycett saddle and special remarks on the Despatch Sheet noted ‘foot gear control, separate oil tank complete with filter and C&S cap, battery on engine pin bracket, detachable carrier – not fitted, small type curved top pannier bags, hinged rear guard – Cranford, Cranford front guard, Alum oilbath front chain case, top and bottom rear chain covers, AMAL sports handlebar and fittings, LHS brake pedal, lever mag control and pillion footrests’. Today this machine is presented to original specification in all major respects. Although the early history of the bike is not recorded, it is known that it was purchased in 1967 from a Mr Harris of Hanbury, near Bromsgrove, at that time complete with a two-seater sidecar. The subsequent owner was A J Norridge of Malden, Essex, in whose name a green log book was issued in 1972. It appears that he kept this machine until 2000 when it was acquired by a Yorkshire collector from whom the Ward Brothers acquired it in 2006. The machine has been the subject of considerable restoration and is exceptionally smartly presented in all areas. Following a period of inactivity the usual careful recommissioning will be required. The bike is offered with old style green log book, Swansea registration document and various correspondence with previous owners.
1936 Brough Superior 982cc SS80  Frame no. M8/1675 Engine no. BS/X4 4391
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