This truly historic car is chassis number 100, reputed to be the last Brough car manufactured. It comes to sale with H&H Classics at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton on Novemer 30th, for an estimate of £75.000 to £85,000.
The Brough name is better known for 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.
This gallant looking coupe has indeed been fitted with DHC coachwork by W C Atcherley of Birmingham. The subject of a recently completed long term restoration it has sensible upgrades to standard specification include telescopic shock absorbers and hydraulic brakes. It is reported to be in 'Good' order throughout.
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