Today In London Auction House Bonhams Sold A 1929 Brough Superior 986CC SS100 Alpine Grand Sports For Record US $ 494,579 (£315,100)

1BroughSSIt’s the most expensive Brough Superior sold at public auction. It tops a Brough Superior SS80, which sold in 2012 for US $455,000 (£291,200) Introduced in September 1925 for the 1926 season, this new machine took its name from the Austrian Alpine Trial, the 1925 event having been contested by a number of SS100s, one ridden by George Brough himself, resulting in the award of six cups, including one for ‘Best Performance’. World War One British army officer TE Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, owned eight Brough Superior bikes. He was killed in 1935 riding an SS100 he had named George VII.

8 Responses to “Today In London Auction House Bonhams Sold A 1929 Brough Superior 986CC SS100 Alpine Grand Sports For Record US $ 494,579 (£315,100)”

  1. 1 skinny denny Nov 30th, 2014 at 11:35 am

    The original set of shotgun pipes.

  2. 2 skinny denny Nov 30th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Was Jay Leno the buyer?

  3. 3 Rodent Nov 30th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Nice ride!

  4. 4 Blackmax Nov 30th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Beautiful machine !!!
    Essence of what motorcycling used to be

  5. 5 nicker Dec 1st, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I guess the question is simply this:
    Does that buyer appreciate it as a motorcycle or simply as a investment.


  6. 6 Sportster Mike Dec 1st, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Love the Broughs – regularly see them here in Dorset, Engand – being ridden on the road…
    the Brough club USE their bikes, as bikes on the ROAD, being RIDEN ( I know; mad or what?)

    I even see George III, Lawrence of Arabias 4th Brough out and about, the owner having brought it off the guy who brought it off Lawrence….

    Not seen ‘Florence of Arabia’ for a while though – any one know where it is? last seen at a classic bike show Somerset way in the 90s??

  7. 7 Doc Robinson Dec 1st, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I wonder how many followers of this blog know the relevance of T E Lawrence’s death to the almost world wide use of motorcycle crash helmets. You see Hugh Cairns, a consulting neurosurgeon to the British Army, recommended mandatory helmet use for British Service dispatch riders, who carried instructions and battle reports between commanders and the front lines via motorcycles. Cairns first became concerned about helmet use after treating the war hero T. E. Lawrence—otherwise known as Lawrence of Arabia—for a fatal head injury suffered during a 1935 motorcycle accident. Cairns later published several landmark articles that used clinical case reports to show that motorcycle crash helmets mitigated the severity of head injuries suffered by military motorcyclists during crashes.

  8. 8 Ijustwant2ride Dec 2nd, 2014 at 11:19 am

    That would make it #3 on the all time list (excluding the Captain America) behind

    1 – US$580,000 – 1910 Winchester

    2 – US$551,200 – 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer

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