Beautifully restored 1931 and 1926 Brough Superior S S80 motorcycles will soon become the stars of an upcoming Bonhams event. The Sale of Pioneer, Vintage and Collector’s Motorcycles and Related Memorabilia is scheduled to take place on April 28 in Stafford, UK, at the International Classic MotorCycle Show.
The 1931 version was initially used as a sidecar outfit for the Ipswich Police. Later it became a solo motorcycle and was offered as a first prize in a fund raising event in 1972 at the Brough Superior Club. The winner gave it away to a racer, who later (in 2004) sold it to its current owner.
The 1926 variant is a rare factory version with an SS80 sidevalve engine and an SS100 frame. Only very few of these motorcycles were built, and even fewer have survived until today. After WWII it was refitted with an overhead-valve SS100 engine and in 2012 it won the ‘Re-build of the Year’ award at the Brough Superior Club’s Annual Rally. It is estimated to fetch between $240,000 and $300,000.