Brough Superior bought for £70 expected to sell for £180,000

Rare model was owned and ridden by George Brough before being bought for £70.

A RARE Brough Super bought for £70 is expected to fetch up to £180,000 at an auction.

The 1939 SS100 was originally owned by George Brough, founder of the Brough Superior marque, and ridden with a sidecar in the London-Edinburgh endurance run.

The 998cc V-twin was sold by Brough in 1945 for £200.

It was bought for £70 in 1957 by machine shop superintendent Eric Checkley. Checkley used it for 10 years before putting it in storage until 2000, when he gave it to his son.

It’s now one of around 70 Brough Superior SS100s left and is expected to sell for between £140,000 and £180,000 when it goes under the hammer at the Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale on April 27.

James Stensel, motorcycle specialist at Bonhams, said: 'What makes it so special is that it was campaigned by George Brough himself.

'We normally sell around one SS100 a year so they are a rare machine and at the forefront of collectible bikes.'