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27 May 2017

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Lot 109

1936 Brough Superior SS100

  • Frame no. MI/1726
  • Engine no. BS/X2 1015

€180.000 - €250.000

Documents: Proof of EC Taxes Paid

  • Known to Mark Upham, CEO and owner of Brough Superior Ltd.
  • One of 102 SS100s built with the Matchless engine

Known as the ‘Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles’, Brough Superiors were custom built for each individual customer. The motorcycle on offer here, frame number MI/1726, was built for an English customer on 21 December 1936. Like all SS100s after 1935, it is equipped with a 1,000-cc Matchless engine along with the factory-developed fork that gives the bike its signature SS100 handling.

Although not much is known about the history of this motorcycle after its sale in February 1937, it eventually made its way to Alabama, where a well-known Swiss collector purchased it. Eventually sold to its current owner in 2014, this SS100 presents in an excellent mechanical state. A flagship of the marque loved by great men such as Lawrence of Arabia, the Brough Superior SS100 is one of the most iconic machines of the past century.

• Conosciuta da Mark Upham, CEO e proprietario della Brough Superior Ltd.
• Una delle 102 SS100 costruite con il motore Matchless

Conosciute come le "Rolls-Royce delle motociclette", le Brough Superior sono state costruite su misura per ogni singolo cliente. La motocicletta offerta qui, numero di telaio MI/1726, è stata costruita per un cliente inglese il 21 dicembre 1936. Come tutti le SS100 dopo il 1935, è dotata di un motore Matchless da 1000cc, con la forcella sviluppata dalla fabbrica che dona alla moto la guidabilità caratteristica delle SS100.

Sebbene non si conosca molto della storia di questa motocicletta dopo la sua vendita nel febbraio 1937, sappiamo che arrivò in Alabama, dove venne poi acquistata da un noto collezionista svizzero. Venduta al suo attuale proprietario nel 2014, questa SS100 si presenta in ottime condizioni meccaniche. Un simbolo dell’azienda, amata da grandi uomini come Lawrence d’Arabia, la Brough Superior SS100 è una delle moto più riconosciute e simboliche del secolo scorso.

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