Brough Superior SS100 motorbike set to fetch record £300,000

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Brough Superior SS100 motorbike set to fetch record £300,000

#1 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:13 am

#Brough Superior SS100 #motorbike set to fetch record £300,000 at auction



The Brough Superior SS100 - dubbed 'the Rolls-Royce of the motorcycle world' - has been tipped to fetch a record £300,000 at auction.


The 1928 Brough Superior SS100 was the fastest vehicle on the road when it was made, hitting speeds of 125mph at a time when most cars could only reach the 50mph mark.


Lawrence of Arabia owned seven and died after crashing one in 1935 after he swerved to avoid cyclists.


‘It looks like it is doing 100mph stood still,’ said Ben Walker of Bonhams, which is auctioning the bike – complete with original handlebars and brakes – in Stafford on October 16.

Built for speed: The motorbikes reached 100mph in an era when cars were only able to achieve half that amount (Picture: BNPS).

A 1929 Brough holds the current record, selling for £286,000 last year.

The bikes were manufactured by racer and designer George Brough in Nottingham between 1919 and 1940.

They usually retailed for around £130-£180 in the 1920s and 30s - which meant that they were popular with the wealthy as well as celebrities of the era, including playwright George Bernard Shaw.


However only around one third of the 3,000 or so bikes which were made are still in existence - hence the reason they generally sell for such high prices.
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Re: Brough Superior SS100 motorbike set to fetch record £300

#2 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:14 am

The 1928 Brough Superior SS100 is a really nice motorcycle model. I saw one in person in London, UK last year at the museum, under glass, it was just outside the toilets!
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Re: Brough Superior SS100 motorbike set to fetch record £300

#3 Unread post by sunshine229 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:46 pm

Yep, we saw one of Lawrence of Arabia's bikes at the "Imperial War Museum" in London. Why they put it just outside the toilets, we'll never know!!!

It will be crazy if the one above actually sells for £300,000...
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#4 Unread post by QuietMonkey » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:03 pm

Maybe Jay Leno doesnt yet have the right SS100 in his collection...

There is a funny epsiode of the British TV-series, Lovejoy, where they "fix-up" Lawrence of Arabia's Brough Superior for sale to a collector.
"Zounds! Zorched by Zarches, Spaceman Spiff's crippled craft crashes on planet Plootarg!"

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#5 Unread post by ceemes » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:01 pm

:shooting2: :shooting2: :shooting2: :shooting2: :shooting2: BE VERY GLAD THAT I DON'T KNOW WHERE ANY OF YOU LIVE.....COZ I WOULD GLADLY AND CHEERFULLY KILL YOU ALL IN THE MOST INHUMAN, CRUELEST, VILEST MANNER, INDEED IN SUCH A MANNER THAT EVEN THE DEVIL HIMSELF WOULD RECOIL IN SHOCK AND HORROR FOR THAT BIKE!!!!!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA....... :shooting2: :shooting2: :shooting2: :shooting2: :shooting2:
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#6 Unread post by QuietMonkey » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:42 pm

ceemes wrote:BE VERY GLAD THAT I DON'T KNOW WHERE ANY OF YOU LIVE.....COZ I WOULD GLADLY AND CHEERFULLY KILL YOU ALL IN THE MOST INHUMAN, CRUELEST, VILEST MANNER, INDEED IN SUCH A MANNER THAT EVEN THE DEVIL HIMSELF WOULD RECOIL IN SHOCK AND HORROR FOR THAT BIKE!!!!!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.......
Wouldnt it be easier to set-up our own Ocean's Eleven crew (or 13 if you need them) and "visit the toilet" in London to acquire our own SS100?

:sunshine: :bag: :afro: :icecream: :party: :2guns: :cowboy: :ninja: :eek: :naughty: :boxing:

It'd make for another good British "heist" story... :D staring Daniel Craig (BMW-HP2), Jet Li (Kawi Z1000, OK OK he gets a Kawi NINJA ZX10, for cheesy humour intertwined with script), Uma Thurman (KTM990), Jason Statham (Triumph Speed Triple), Jackie Chan (Yamaha R1), Zoe Deschanel (Suzuki Burgman?, no a Gladius), Matt Damon (Aprilia RSv1000 nahhh... Ducati Streetfighter), Pierce Brosnan (Norton 996 Commando) and how about Sylvester (he dies in this one, near the beginning, because of a backfiring H-D V-Rod) Stallone... etc...

Team work!! that means sponsorship from Arai, Alpinestars, Spidi, Motul and Pirelli...
"Zounds! Zorched by Zarches, Spaceman Spiff's crippled craft crashes on planet Plootarg!"

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