Built in Hayden Road Nottingham, England from 1919 to 1940 Brough Superior’s were the ultimate motorcycles of their era, speed, style and above all quality engineering helped create a legend on two wheels, the name’s association with T. E Lawrence and his fatal accident riding one only strengthened the brand that was to become known as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of motorcycles.
Approximately a third of the estimated production survive today and their status among collectors and enthusiasts has not wained at all, today they are some of the most valuable motorcycles in the World.
It is thought that only 25 or so 680 Juniors were produced and only 5 examples are known to have survived today making them one of the rarest models in existence, this example is said to be the most original.
Manufactured 28th November 1933 and registered 23rd March 1934 AAU 495 was delivered new to Mr J. Bokstein. The early history of the bike is not known but records show the bike being registered in the Nottingham area in 1945. It seems that it stayed close to where it was built up to 1967 when a Brough Superior Club member was told that the bike was languishing locally in a garden shed, after some investigation and negotiation it was purchased for £5 !
It is thought that it was disassembled in 1969 prior to restoration but stayed in this condition for some time. The current owner, a prominent member of the BS club saw the bike in this condition in the late 1970’s in the owners loft. He then purchased the engine from a different source in the 1990’s knowing that the remaining parts existed. However he had to wait another 20 or so years until he acquired all the other parts.
Having been re assembled the bike remains in remarkably original condition and retains many of it’s all important original components including the front forks, fuel tank, front and rear wheels, handlebars and saddle. It is supplied with a copy of the works record card confirming that this is a ‘matching numbers’ example with its original UK registration number.
In running usable condition the bike has recently had some remedial work completed by a Brough specialist costing about £2,000 and is reported to be in good running order.
This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a highly collectable and very rare Brough Superior .