From the estate of the late Frank Vague,1937 Brough Superior 982cc SS80 De Luxe Project Frame no. M8/1836 Engine no. 4466

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Lot 302
From the estate of the late Frank Vague,1937 Brough Superior 982cc SS80 De Luxe Project
Registration no. DYU 638 Frame no. M8/1836 Engine no. 4466

Sold for £ 27,600 (US$ 34,746) inc. premium
From the estate of the late Frank Vague
1937 Brough Superior 982cc SS80 De Luxe Project
Registration no. DYU 638
Frame no. M8/1836
Engine no. 4466
• Single ownership for circa 50 years
• Matching numbers
• Offered for restoration

In single ownership for circa 50 years, this De Luxe model is one of 460 Matchless-engined SS80s built, of which some 300 or so survive. A matching-numbers machine (frame, engine, gearbox and fuel tank), it was supplied new to Godfrey's Ltd of Great Portland Street, which was the Brough main agent for London having taken over Allen Bennett of Croydon (suppliers of Broughs to T E Lawrence) in the late 1920s. The machine was supplied in solo configuration, but unfortunately nothing else is known of its history. The Monarch forks and engine crankcases are original, but the cylinders have been taken from another machine to suit the unusual twin carburettors. The Brough is believed to have passed into Frank Vague's ownership in the mid-1960s. Dismantled and incomplete, it comes with a copy of its Works Record Card and is offered for restoration.

Saleroom notices

  • The full engine number is BS/X5 4466.
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