From the Estate of the late Frank Vague 'Broughs of Bodmin Moor',1935 Brough Superior 4.2-Litre 'Dual Purpose' Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. 546069

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Lot 507
1935 Brough Superior 4.2-Litre 'Dual Purpose' Drophead Coupé Project
Coachwork by W C Atcherley Registration no. BYT 730 Chassis no. 546069

Sold for £ 6,900 (US$ 9,433) inc. premium
From the Estate of the late Frank Vague 'Broughs of Bodmin Moor'
1935 Brough Superior 4.2-Litre 'Dual Purpose' Drophead Coupé Project
Coachwork by W C Atcherley

Registration no. BYT 730
Chassis no. 546069

Footnotes

  • It was surely inevitable that a company whose products had earned the well-deserved sobriquet 'The Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles' would eventually turn to the manufacture of motor cars. George Brough's motorcycles were assembled from the finest available proprietary components, and he adopted the same approach to motor manufacturing, using the Hudson Terraplane chassis – also favoured by Railton – in both 4.2-litre eight-cylinder and 3.5-litre six-cylinder forms. Birmingham-based coachbuilder W C Atcherley had bodied Brough's first Meadows-engined prototype of 1933 and was duly commissioned to provide the bodies for his latest venture.

    Introduced in 1935, the production model featured Atcherley's patented 'dual purpose' coachwork in which the convertible hood folded down into the body rather than projecting rearwards as was usually the case. George Brough came up with the design for the radiator grille, which had been inspired by the shape of his motorcycles' fuel tank, while inside the car was a new dashboard equipped with British-made instruments and switches. There was further 'Anglicisation' in the form of Lucas lighting, Luvax shock absorbers, and a Smiths Jackall hydraulic jacking system, while the electrics were upgraded from 6 to 12 volts.
    Threatened with legal action by an aggrieved Reid Railton, Hudson was soon forced to stop supplying the eight-cylinder chassis to Brough, leaving George with a six-cylinder range only. When production ceased in 1939, an estimated 45 eight-cylinder and 50 six-cylinder Brough Superiors had been made, making them among the rarest of fine quality British sporting cars of the 1930s.
    Originally supplied by Kevill-Davies & March Ltd, this eight-cylinder car is offered from the collection of 'Bodmin Broughs' owned by the late Frank Vague, who is believed to have purchased it in the 1960s. Consisting mainly of Brough Superior motorcycles, Frank Vague's collection was offered for sale by Bonhams in April 2016 at Stafford, where the ultra-rare four-cylinder model set a new world record price for a British motorcycle sold at auction.

    The engine and gearbox remain in place, while other parts suitable for spares or possible renovation include the wheels and covers, aluminium body panels, windscreen, original headlamps and side windows, radiator and core, rear axle, and various smaller items and some brightwork. The chassis is rotten and will need to be replaced.

    Given the extremely poor condition of the vehicle and in particular the chassis and frame, this ultra-rare and desirable 'Post-Vintage Thoroughbred' will remain in its current location and will not be on view at the sale venue. Prospective bidders are advised to contact the motorcar department prior to the sale to discuss any viewing requirements. The successful purchaser will be required to collect the lot once payment has cleared after the sale by agreeing a mutually agreeable time and date with the Bonhams office in Truro (the details for which can be found in the back of this catalogue). It should be noted that there are no documents with this lot and the vehicle is located in Cornwall.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that there is no paperwork available for this vehicle and the engine and chassis numbers are illegible. Sold Strictly as viewed at its current location.
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From the Estate of the late Frank Vague 'Broughs of Bodmin Moor',1935 Brough Superior 4.2-Litre 'Dual Purpose' Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. 546069
From the Estate of the late Frank Vague 'Broughs of Bodmin Moor',1935 Brough Superior 4.2-Litre 'Dual Purpose' Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. 546069
From the Estate of the late Frank Vague 'Broughs of Bodmin Moor',1935 Brough Superior 4.2-Litre 'Dual Purpose' Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. 546069
From the Estate of the late Frank Vague 'Broughs of Bodmin Moor',1935 Brough Superior 4.2-Litre 'Dual Purpose' Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. 546069
From the Estate of the late Frank Vague 'Broughs of Bodmin Moor',1935 Brough Superior 4.2-Litre 'Dual Purpose' Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. 546069
From the Estate of the late Frank Vague 'Broughs of Bodmin Moor',1935 Brough Superior 4.2-Litre 'Dual Purpose' Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. 546069
From the Estate of the late Frank Vague 'Broughs of Bodmin Moor',1935 Brough Superior 4.2-Litre 'Dual Purpose' Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. 546069
From the Estate of the late Frank Vague 'Broughs of Bodmin Moor',1935 Brough Superior 4.2-Litre 'Dual Purpose' Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. 546069
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