Interwar superbike to sell for up to £240,000

Rare 1936 Brough Superior goes under the hammer

A RARE Brough Superior SS100 from 1936 is expected to make up to £240,000 when it goes under the hammer.

Auctioneers Bonhams are selling this Matchless-engined SS100 which was the star of the Brough stand at the 1936 Motorcycle Show at Earls Court. 

Incredibly - despite its quarter of a million pound valuation - this bike is not only still running but has been recently used for 3,000 miles of touring, including a jaunt around Wales. In total the bike has 78,000 miles on the clock.

These British-built superbikes came with a written guarantee that every machine that left the factory had been timed at over 100mph for a quarter of a mile.

Of course these bikes weren't the toys for the common folk, back in 1925 (when the SS100 first went on sale) it cost £170 - it might sound cheap, but in today's money that's closer to £9,000. But perhaps that's not bad value compared to the Honda RC213VS.

The SS100 is famous for being the bike T.E. Lawrence was riding when he swerved to avoid two pedestrians and died in the resulting crash.

The bike comes with lots of recent paperwork (including its recent £4,300 rebuild), the earliest records stretch back to 1957 when it was fitted to a sidecar.

For those looking to place a cheeky bid then the Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale takes place on 18 October at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Staffordshire County Showground.

Have a look at some of the other rare and classic bikes in the sale.

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