30th Nov, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 82

1939 Brough Superior 3.5-Litre Dual Purpose DHC

Estimated at £75,000 - £85,000

Lot details

Registration No: BUH 665
Chassis No: 8125696/100
MOT: Exempt

  • Fitted with DHC coachwork by W C Atcherley of Birmingham
  • The subject of a recently completed long term restoration
  • Chassis no 100 and reputed to be the last Brough manufactured
  • Sensible upgrades to standard specification include telescopic shock absorbers and hydraulic brakes
  • Reported to be in good order throughout, the vendor advises a checkover and service before use

The Brough name is better known in relation to motorcycles than cars, as the company produced over 3,000 two-wheelers between 1919 and 1940. Dubbed the `Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles', they were prestige machines that attracted a discerning clientele, and among the many famous Brough owners were George Bernard Shaw and T E Lawrence (`Lawrence of Arabia') who had no less than eight and, of course, famously lost his life on one. The firm's car production was minuscule by comparison and limited to circa eighty-five examples, but they echoed their two-wheeled cousins in terms of quality. Three models were designed but only two made it into series production - the 4-Litre straight-eight manufactured in 1935/36 and the ensuing 3.5-Litre straight six which produced 107bhp giving 0-60 in 12 seconds and a top speed of 90mph. Most Broughs sported striking Drophead Coupe bodies, which were produced by W C Atcherley of Birmingham.

Fitted with elegant Drophead Coupe (DHC) coachwork by W C Atcherley of Birmingham. Being chassis number 100, it is reputed to be the last Brough manufactured as post-WWII the company was wound-up following manufacturing for the war effort and a lack of suitable engines available. This rare example has been the subject of a long-term restoration, supported by a number of photographs, the work appearing to have been completed c.2004. It appears ‘BUH’ has formed a part of two private collections and appears not to be currently registered with the DVLA but the vehicle is well-known to club.

The accompanying documents file contains a record of ownership since the 1960s, suggesting the car spent its early life in the Cardiff area with a move to the United States, probably in the late sixties or early seventies, to be repatriated to the UK in the mid 1970s. Some information pertaining to this, has been supplied by the club.

Sensible upgrades to standard specification include telescopic shock absorbers and hydraulic brakes. The Drophead is reported to be in 'Good' order throughout. The documents file also includes press cuttings, a Virginia title document for 'BUH', a 1993 customs declaration confirming ‘return to the UK’ (pre NOVA) and a 2004 MOT certificate. ’The Brough Club have been very helpful in that they have made an offer to support an approach to the DVLA in respect of a replacement V5C for the Drophead.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Very Good'
Engine: 'Very Good'
Electrical Equipment: 'Very Good'
Paintwork: 'Very Good'
Transmission: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good'

For more information, please contact:
Stewart Parker


Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 30th Nov, 2022

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