Moby Dick Brough sells for £210,500

115mph Brough Superior SS100 goes under the hammer for £210,500

Posted: 19 October 2011
by Visordown News

A 1929 Brough Superior SS100 known as 'Moby Dick' has sold for £210,500 at a Bonhams auction.

The Brough Superior was the top lot at the auction and in its day was regarded as the 'fastest privately owned machine in the world suitable for road use’ - when tested in 1931 by Motor Cycling magazine the 'Moby Dick' achieved a top speed of 106mph.

The engine of the SS100 gained further tuning to the 1,142cc v-twin JAP engine, increasing the speed figure to 115mph in top (third) gear, with 109mph achievable in second.

Sold but later repurchased by the vendor’s family, Moby Dick was restored in 1998 before being sold last Sunday at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford.

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Nice bike with history but will it be ridden on the road?

Posted: 20/10/2011 at 11:01

115mph on a 1929 bike - that's faster than my 2009 VN1700!
Kawasaki- you could do better after 82 years of engineering development

Posted: 22/10/2011 at 09:31

Great Bike but it didn't leave the factoty looking like that. Can we all say, "Sympathetic Restoration," Leave the old girl with some dignity.

Posted: 04/11/2011 at 18:15

I met the owner of this beautiful machine when he rode it to The Six Bells in Chiddingly last Sunday.

Described as "shiny scrap" at the time of purchase, it has since been painstakingly and sympathetically restored by dint of 1 year and 2 months solid hard graft. Just a few examples: new cylinders were hand cast, machined, polished and plated; pistons were re-machined from BMW items to suit the hemi heads; pre-existing repairs to the copper-plated frame were left intact but were rigorously checked for structural integrity and exact replica oil and fuel tanks were hand fabricated.

All this work has paid dividends. The bike looks glorious, sounds fantastic and doesn't leak a drop. I feel privileged to have seen it close up.

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 14:07

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