1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)

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Lot 199
1929 Brough Superior Overhead 680
Registration no. UL 2608 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)

Sold for £ 68,700 (US$ 91,206) inc. premium
1929 Brough Superior Overhead 680
Registration no. UL 2608
Frame no. H854
Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
Gearbox no 154456

• Sprung frame model
• Original gearbox
• Used regularly in summertime

With the SS80 tourer and SS100 sports model well established by the mid-1920s, George Brough decided to add a smaller and cheaper alternative to these two 1,000cc models to the Brough Superior range. JAP was already producing a 674cc sidevalve v-twin engine, and this unit, redesigned to accommodate overhead valves, went into Brough's new 'Overhead 680'. First shown to the public at the Olympia Motorcycle Show in 1926, the 'Miniature SS100', as George Brough called it, entered production for 1927 and was an immediate success.

This particular 680's copy Works Record Card reveals that it was built with the Bentley & Draper sprung frame and Castle (Brampton) forks. It was registered 'UL 2608' and despatched by rail on 5th March 1929 to Godfrey's Ltd, Great Portland Street, London. A Brough Superior Club record (copy on file) lists various owners and changes of engine: that currently fitted having the crankcases of a (non-Brough) 750cc JAP sidevalve unit. This engine, number 'MTS/E 70471/S', first appears in the records in 1969 when 'UL 2608' attended the BSC's Annual Rally at Stanford Hall. The original engine, number 'GTOY/S 40694/S', has never been traced.

In 1986 the Brough was sold to Japan where it was owned by a collector, Mr K Miwa. The current vendor purchased the Brough from Japan, and his first outing on it was to the Brough Club's 50th Anniversary Rally in August 2008. As a result, 'UL 2608' features in the Club's illustrated book of the event. Since then the Brough has been ridden most summers, primarily to rallies and reunions, the last such outing being to the BSC Rally last year. When inspected recently by a Bonhams specialist, 'UL 2608' started first kick and idled very reassuringly. It has acquired a few non-original features over the years but nevertheless is a very handsome machine, though more 'oily rag' than 'concours'. Accompanying documentation consists of a V5C Registration Certificate and copies of the aforementioned Brough Club records.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine date letter is worn and indecipherable.
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1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
1929 Brough Superior OHV 680 Frame no. H854 Engine no. MTS/E 70471/S (see text)
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