1939 Brough Superior SS80 KMG 961
1939 Brough Superior SS80
Estimate: (£) 55,000 - 65,000
Brough Superior for 1939
George Brough established his own motorcycle manufacturing company at Haydn Road Nottingham, having fallen out and left Brough, the company owned by his father, W.E Brough due to a disagreement concerning cylinder angles. W.E. Brough had become an advocate of the flat twin, adopting ABC engines for his motorcycles before moving on to the production of his own engines retaining the configuration with capacities of 496cc to 810cc, a move that George did not support and which prompted the production of some of the most iconic motorcycles ever produced.
George was well known as a competitor in motorcycle racing, highly regarded as a technician and understood the value of marketing. He successfully utilised all of these talents in elevating his machines to being objects of desire, items that did more than simply provide transport.
His flair for marketing was highlighted when he successfully sought permission from the illustrious car maker to describe his machines as "The Rolls Royce of Motorcycles".
This combined with his insistence that only the best components were used in the creation of the motorcycles bearing the Brough Superior script and that they were then assembled with a level of care and precision beyond that of other manufacturers ensured that the motorcycles leaving his premises were more than the sum of their parts.
His competition background resulted in machines that handled and performed as well as they looked, whilst the "bespoke" nature of the machines attracted a clientele that included the "A" list celebrities of the day.
The 1939 the range consisted of the SS80, SS100, 11.50 side valve and the extraordinary Dream.
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