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BROUGH SUPERIOR Brand History
George Brough manufactured motorcycles and cars with the Brough Superior signature, from 1919 to 1940. All the 3048 machines built were also known as the "Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles" . T.E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") owned seven bikes and died while crashing one and George Bernard Shaw was another celebrity "in love" with Brough products.
George Brough was a racer and designer who created high performance motorcycles. Each bike was designed for an unique customer, being assembled twice: once to fit the components and after that to paint all the parts as the customers preferred. In order to create the perfect bike, each machine was test ridden to make sure that its performances were at high level.
If there was any possibility that a motorcycle could fail the test, it was taken back to the shop, so, because of this reputation of perfection and because of the high price, these machines were comparable to the Rolls-Royce cars.
In 1940, George ceased motorcycle manufacture and focused on producing aircraft components. He continued building precision engineer's tools and Brough Superior parts for many years before his death in 1969.
Brough Superior motorcycles have always been rare, expensive and preferred by a lot of celebrities, still being desired by a lot of motorcycle collectors. In 2007, prices ranged from $40,000 to more than $3,000,000 USD for such a bike.
The most popular products launched by Georges Brough were the SS100, manufactured from 1924 to 1940, the SS80 produced from 1922 to 1940 and the SS680 from 1926 to 1936. The 383 units of SS100 and the the 1086 clones of SS80 were powered by J.A.P. or Matchless 1000 cc and the 547 babies of SS680 O.H.V. were powered by J.A.P. 680 cc engines.
George Brough put his signature on cars too, making 85 vehicles between 1935 and 1939. The first one used a 114 HP, 4168cc side valve, straight 8 engine and could "fly" with 90 mph. It was followed by a little sister with only 107 HP. The last member of this family was the XII, powered by a Lincoln-Zephyr V12 engine of 4387 cc, born in 1938.
Latest News about BROUGH SUPERIOR
Welcome the new, reborn Brough Superior S100, a machine oozing classic attire, yet fully-loaded with modern technology, a most intriguing apparition at the 2013 EICMA. In the works for several years, the all-new SS100 is ready to roll. A spectacular product of Boxer Design and tuners Akira, the new Brough Superio... Continue Reading →
Chris of BikeEXIF tipped us with an extremely interesting piece of information: British businessman Mark Upham, the guy who owns the rights to the Brough Superior name, has plans to re-start bike production. Currently based in Austria, Upham took his own SS101 Pendine to the very Speed Trials which inspired its na... Continue Reading →
Here's one of the world's mos coveted and acclaimed vintage bikes: the Brough Superior SS100. Jay Leno has it (seems only natural) and some museums, too. Big difference is that Leno is still riding it from time to time, and even if he thinks that this is one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever made, he... Continue Reading →
Phillips de Pury & Company has recently announced it will auction the Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sport prototype, built by legendary motorcycle racer and manufacturer George Brough in the Design Masters auction in New York next week. Owned and raced by Brough himself, this historic motorcycle will be sol... Continue Reading →
European auctioneer H&H has just confirmed the sale of a 1929 Brough Superior, which became the world’s most expensive motorcycle when it sold for a record-breaking GBP286,000 ($455,400) at the auction held at the Haynes International Motor Museum last month. The spring frame SS100 – a 1,000cc V-t... Continue Reading →