1933 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Project Frame no. S1049 Engine no. JTO/Z 33250 Gearbox no. 7725
Lot 423
1933 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Project
Registration no. TV 8887 Frame no. S1049 Engine no. JTO/Z 33250 Gearbox no. 7725
£ 140,000 - 180,000
US$ 180,000 - 240,000

Lot Details
1933 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Project Frame no. S1049 Engine no. JTO/Z 33250 Gearbox no. 7725 1933 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Project Frame no. S1049 Engine no. JTO/Z 33250 Gearbox no. 7725 1933 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Project Frame no. S1049 Engine no. JTO/Z 33250 Gearbox no. 7725
1933 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Project
Registration no. TV 8887
Frame no. S1049
Engine no. JTO/Z 33250 Gearbox no. 7725
• Present ownership for the last 55 years
• Laid up in dry storage since the early 1970s
• Full matching numbers except reproduction fuel tank

Possessing a fascinating history, this Brough Superior SS100 has belonged to the same lady owner since she bought it in 1963 as her very first motorcycle. Jean Knight was living in South London and working in North London, and commuting was proving difficult. With a car out of reach financially, she decided that a motorcycle was the most sensible option. A friend was selling a garage together with lots of parts and spares, but the Brough - at that time attached to a sidecar - was the only complete machine. Her husband-to-be bought the garage's entire contents for £45 and sold the Brough to Jean for £33.

A keen cyclist, Mrs Knight didn't think that the Brough would be hard to master. She caused great amusement and bemusement when she attended her first RAC training session near Crystal Palace, as she was the first woman ever to attend the course. 'I couldn't praise the course highly enough,' Mrs Knight said. 'All of the instructors wanted a go on my machine, and they put me on a Tiger Cub to start the lessons with, even though I'd ridden to the course on my Brough in the first place!'

After passing her test, Mrs Knight used the Brough for her daily commute and for family holidays around Europe, including the Chamonix – Val D'Isere Rally in 1966, though her husband always drove then they were out together. 'I loved the feeling of the wind in my hair, it is the most freeing thing.' Once, after getting fed up of having to wear heavyweight motorcycle boots everywhere, Mrs Knight decided to risk it and ride in a pair of high heels. After one attempt at starting the heavy Brough, the heel promptly snapped. 'It was back to boots from then on.'

After her first child was born, Mrs Knight continued to ride the Brough, but by the time her second arrived her husband had put his foot down and said that he couldn't cope with the worry anymore. 'I agreed to save our marriage!' she joked. 'I think he worried about me an awful lot. In the end we got a car, which was more sensible, and the Brough was for high days and holidays only.'

As the car became the family's main form of transport, the Brough was stored in the garden shed where it remained until earlier this year. 'I was surprised when we took it out of the shed again, it seemed smaller than I remember.'

Factory records held by the Brough Club show that this SS100 was supplied on 27th July 1933 and resold by the works to one F Dennitt in February 1934. We are advised that 'TV 8887' retains full matching numbers with the exception of the fuel tank, which is a relatively modern replacement. An ideal restoration project, this much loved Brough Superior deserves to go to an owner who will restore the machine and use it with as much enthusiasm as Mrs Knight.

Footnotes

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