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Lot 352: 1937 Brough Superior 982cc SS80

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

Introduced in 1922, the SS80 (so-called because of its guaranteed 80mph top speed in road trim) achieved instant fame when a stripped-for-racing version ridden by George Brough became the first sidevalve-engined machine to lap Brooklands at over 100mph. Brough entered the 1930s with an entirely JAP-powered range, and then, after a brief absence, the SS80 re-appeared in 1935 as the SS80 Special, this time with an engine built by Associated Motor Cycles. Similar to that of the Matchless Model X, the 982cc sidevalve v-twin incorporated Brough’s preferred ‘knife-and-fork’ big-end bearing arrangement, instead of the side-by-side connecting rods of the Matchless. The model continued to use the Plumstead-made engine until production ceased in 1939. Offered for restoration, this incomplete example comes with old-style continuation logbook and Department of Transport letter linking the registration mark ‘ETT 96’ to the machine.

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Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number352
Estimate£2000-£3000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£8500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£9775
Year1937
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