1927 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Pendine Frame no. R3521 Engine no. KTOR/I 71724/SD

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1927 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Pendine
Registration no. BF 8004 Frame no. R3521 Engine no. KTOR/I 71724/SD

Sold for £ 166,750 (US$ 230,143) inc. premium
1927 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Pendine
Registration no. BF 8004
Frame no. R3521
Engine no. KTOR/I 71724/SD
• The most desirable of Vintage-era motorcycles
• Genuine Pendine racing engine
• Replacement frame
• Built by Simon Miles between 2008 and 2010

Legendary superbike of motorcycling's between-the-wars 'Golden Age', Brough Superior – 'The Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles' - was synonymous with high performance, engineering excellence and quality of finish. That such a formidable reputation was forged by a motorcycle constructed almost entirely from bought-in components says much for the publicity skills of George Brough. But if ever a machine was more than the sum of its parts, it was the Brough Superior. Always the perfectionist, Brough bought only the best available components for his bikes, reasoning that if the product was right, a lofty price tag would be no handicap. And in the 'Roaring Twenties' there were sufficient wealthy connoisseurs around to prove him right.

Introduced in 1922, the JAP-powered SS80 achieved instant fame when a racing version ridden by George became the first sidevalve-engined machine to lap Brooklands at over 100mph. With the new SS80's performance threatening to put the overhead-valve MkI in the shade, it was decided to completely redesign the latter. The result was the legendary SS100. First shown to the public in 1924, the SS100 employed an entirely new overhead-valve 980cc JAP v-twin engine. A frame of duplex cradle type was devised for the newcomer, which soon after its launch became available with the distinctive, Harley-Davidson-influenced, Castle front fork patented by George Brough and Harold 'Oily' Karslake. And just in case prospective customers had any doubts about the SS100's performance, each machine came with a written guarantee that it had been timed at over 100mph for a quarter of a mile - a staggering achievement at a time when very few road vehicles of any sort were capable of reaching three-figure speeds.

For the racing man - or woman - there was the Pendine version of the SS100, named after the eponymous sands in Wales where Brough Superior motorcycles had won numerous races in the mid-1920s. New to the range for 1927, the Pendine was powered by the JAP KTOR 8/45hp engine, a four-cam racing unit with bevel-drive magneto, and incorporated numerous other modifications to make it more suitable for competition purposes. Every Pendine came with a guaranteed top speed of 110mph.

The machine offered here incorporates a genuine SS100 Pendine engine, '71724/SD', which is one of a batch of five Pendine units supplied by J A Prestwich in April 1927 numbered from '71722/SD' to '71726/2D' respectively. Factory records kept by the Brough Club show that all the others from this batch were fitted to finished motorcycles supplied to customers between 5th April and 21st September 1927. There is no surviving works record for '71724/SD'.

'R3521' is a newly made and unmodified frame constructed to the original specifications and dimensions, and numbered in a special series by the Brough Club. It is fitted with an original circa 1927 Brough Superior fuel tank and base sub-frame (both numbered '1656') purchased from Dave Shotton, who obtained these parts in Brisbane, Australia in the 1960s. The gearbox is an original Sturmey Archer three-speed heavyweight unit made in the mid-late 1920s and of exactly the same type fitted by Brough. With the exception of the frame and mudguards, all other major components are correct period parts, many of them original Brough. The Pendine was built in its current form by Simon Miles between 2008 and 2010. Accompanying documentation consists of Brough Superior Club paperwork and a V5C Registration Certificate. Last run in September 2018, this magnificent Brough Superior is presented in excellent condition throughout.

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.

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1927 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Pendine Frame no. R3521 Engine no. KTOR/I 71724/SD
1927 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Pendine Frame no. R3521 Engine no. KTOR/I 71724/SD
1927 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Pendine Frame no. R3521 Engine no. KTOR/I 71724/SD
1927 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Pendine Frame no. R3521 Engine no. KTOR/I 71724/SD
1927 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Pendine Frame no. R3521 Engine no. KTOR/I 71724/SD
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