1925 Brough Superior SS100 – Sold for £184,000
H&H Classics ended their year with their best motorcycle sale ever with close to £2m worth of classic motorcycles sold at auction just five days before Christmas, on December 19th, live from the National Motorcycle Museum at Birmingham.
The auction featured the “National Motorcycle Museum Duplicate Collection” and the “Joe Ryan Private Collection”. The NMM collection doubled and in one case quadrupled the pre-sale estimates.
Mark Bryan, Head of Motorcycles at H&H Classics, says: “This was our biggest sale to date in terms of catalogue value. We were honoured to be chosen to handle the prestigious “National Motorcycle Museum Bikes” and the fabulous “Joe Ryan private collection”. It was a great finale to what has been a difficult year.”
Sale Highlights include:
For motorcycle enthusiasts the Brough Superior is the ‘Holy Grail’ of collecting. No less than four of this superior breed were offered tp be sold by H&H Classics at their Motorcycle Sale at the National Motorcycle Museum on December 19.
Mark Bryan Head of Bike sales at H&H Classics, says: “This motorcycle marque will be forever associated with T.E. Lawrence, known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ who bought one of the first Brough SS100s in 1925 having previously owned three Brough SS80s. The crash that would end his life came while riding another SS100, on a narrow road near his cottage in 1935.”
The 1925 Brough Superior SS100, pictured above sold for £184,000. It has an extensive history file with numerous letters, photos, receipts, related paperwork and detailed explanation on its provenance. It has the very sought after pre "Alpine Grand Sport" frame and is one of only possibly 20 known surviving examples and moreover was restored by Tony Cripps.
It features all the correct components including a "mouse trap" carburettor and is fitted with 1925 ex Brough Superior KTOR JAP OHV engine. In 2011 it was the "Baragwanath Cup" winner for best SS100 JAP at Brough Superior Club Annual Rally.
· Lot 139 - c1923 Chater Lea Blackburne 348ccEx National Motorcycle Museum Sold for £55,200.
· Lot 34 - 1966 Velocette Thruxton Sold for £19,550
· Lot 38 - 1979 Ducati 864cc Mike Hailwood Replica2nd bike imported into the UK Sold for £28,750
· Lot 45 - 1929 Scott 596cc Works Isle of Man Senior TT Race BikeEx Phil Vare Sold for £48,300
1929 Scott TT Race Bike:
The 1929 Scott TT Race bike is mostly original and was refurbished at the Scott factory after the race in 1929.
This extremely rare Scott is the only surviving original Scott from the 1929 Senior TT. All the other 1929 works bikes were dismantled after the race by the works and the parts recycled, eventually ending up in a variety of later Scotts. Vare had used his TT Rep in practice for the TT but his lap times so impressed that he was given a "real" works bike, 7M, for the remainder of practice and the race itself. Following one spill, from which he recovered, Vare was unlucky to have to retire from the race due to a holed piston when on the last lap.
· Lot 124 - c1922 Norton Model 9 Brooklands Special 500ccEx Joe Ryan Sold for £20,700