3rd Jul, 2024 12:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

 
  Lot 279
 

1929 Brough Superior SS100
The mysterious SS100

Estimated at £240,000 - £280,000

Lot details

Registration No: BBW 972
Frame No: S1006
MOT: Exempt

  • Possibly the last Brough Superior ever sold
  • Interestingly first known to have been registered during wartime, in Oxfordshire in 1944
  • Current ownership for over 40 years
  • Restored over 30 years ago with minimal since
  • Described by BSC historian Mike Leatherdale as ‘a true Vintage SS100’

The early years of this Vintage Brough Superior SS100 are subject to ongoing investigation. The JAP vee-twin overhead-valve engine and sprung Bentley & Draper frame both came from known, numbered batches that were delivered to the factory in 1928 and 1929 respectively. It is possible that the powerplant was allocated to another Brough Superior but returned to the works under warranty. Similarly, it is conceivable that the motorcycle was assembled with the prototype frame rather than a customer machine because the frame is slightly taller than standard, an idea given credence by the fact that there is no Works Record Card for the SS100 detailing its build date and specification. Issued with the Oxfordshire registration ‘BBW 972’ during October 1944 whilst World War Two was still raging, the motorcycle may well have worn a different number plate before then. Remaining in private hands thereafter, the Brough Superior is mentioned in the 5th March 1959 issue of The Motor Cycle magazine. Belonging to E. A. Gilchrist of Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire, at the time, the SS100 then passed to Jimmy Watson of Airdrie, before being bought by Bill Gibbard, author of the authoritative tome Maintaining Your Brough Superior. Mr. Gibbard kept ‘BBW 972’ until his death with the vendor’s father subsequently acquiring it during the early 1980s. The bike was restored in the ’90s by Mr. Jarle Eide, a master restorer, who was the works mechanic on the JAP speedway engines used by Mr. Jon Ødegaard, the famous Norwegian speedway racer.. The SS100 is very well known in Brough Superior Club circles and has been loaned to a few select BSC members for use on rallies and events. Described by BSC historian Mike Leatherdale as ‘a true Vintage SS100’, ‘BBW 972’ (Engine no.: JTO/C92384) is coming to market for the first time in 40 years, presenting a rare opportunity to obtain one of the most revered and valuable British motorcycles ever made. A V5C will need to be applied for through a V62. The frame number has always been incorrect on the old continuation logbook and the old style V5. H&H are indebted to Mike Leatherdale for much of the above information.


Please Note: Although still existing on DVLA records, this motorcycle has arrived from outside the UK. Our customs agents Shippio Ltd, will manage all post-sale customs administration. A fee of GBP 350+VAT will be charged on the buyer's invoice. If this machine is to remain in the UK, it will be subject to Import VAT at the rate of 5% on the hammer price plus use of customs deferment at 3% of the VAT outlay. This vehicle will not be available for immediate collection after the sale and will only be released on completion of customs clearance with full payment.

For more information, please contact:
Mike Davis
mike.davis@handh.co.uk
07718 584217

 

Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 3rd Jul, 2024

An auction of classic motorcycles & vintage scooters taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, West Midlands.

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