THREE MAGNIFICENT BROUGH SUPERIORS FROM THE 1930S FOR £400,000 AT H&H CLASSICS AUCTION IN DONINGTON
Not one but three legendary Brough Superiors come to market with H&H Classics Donington sale on November 16th says Mark Bryan, Head of Motorcycles at H&H Classics.
Mark Bryan says: “These bikes are incredibly collectable and they continue to rise in value. The strength of the vintage motorcycle market has been growing year on year, and does not seem to have been hindered by the current economic slow down.” Bryan believes the future will see more record-breaking prices posted.
The Donington sale in two weeks time represents a unique opportunity to acquire a most original and genuine ‘Superbike’ from the pre-war era that can still provide an exhilarating ride or grace any serious collector’s stable.
The first machine is a 1930 Brough Superior 680 Black Alpine, estimated to sell for £150,000 to £160,000. The bike is complete and original matching numbers bike, having had just three owners from new. It has a huge and comprehensive history and is unrestored with a wonderful patina. Truly a piece of motorcycling history.
This 1930 Brough Superior 680 Black Alpine is particularly rare and valuable because it is a so-called “matching numbers machine” meaning that its frame, engine and gearbox are all original. Comparatively few were of this particular type of Black Alpine were made. Black Alpines were made from 1929 through to 1934, with peak production between 1930 and 1932. Only about 65 of this special model, with spring frame, were made. ?????? The Black Alpine cost £125 new in 1930.
Its first owner Mr D.R. Venables of Oxford took the machine to Switzerland and the south of France on a tour of the continent with a friend who accompanied him in a Morgan three wheeler. The next owner was Chris Arthurs, a very skilled carpenter based in Reading who kept the Brough for the next forty years. He fitted a sidecar and the Black Alpine was used for work and family holidays. During the war years he rode the bike everywhere for his job repairing Mosquito aircraft. He finally sold the machine when he was in his 80’s and in 1996 it starred in ‘The Big Breakfast’ on Channel 4 with Wallace & Grommit.
1934 Brough Superior 680 Black Alpine with matching numbers has had the same owner for last 50 years. It has been very well restored and is in good running condition. It has an optional factory fitted sports rear suspension and Castle front forks.
And the third bike is a 1939 Brough Superior SS80 with matching numbers. Registered in Worcester it has always been in that area only 3 owners. It is complete with all original factory fitted options and has just undergone service all running. It will be a great investment. It estimated to sell for of £80,000 – £85,000.