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'ultimate' brough goes under hammer in italy

What is claimed to be the “ultimate” example of the “Rolls-Royce of motorcycles” – a 1928 Brough Superior SS100 – is due to go up for auction for an estimated £420,775-£589,085 in Italy later this month.

The same bike sold for £210,500 at the autumn Stafford show auction in 2011.

Along with some of the most desirable bikes in the industry, the 1140cc Brough – tuned by George Brough and JAP – headlines the RM Sotheby’s sale to be held in Villa Erba, Lake Como, on 27 May.

In 1931, the Brough was labelled “Moby Dick” by Motor Cycling Magazine as “the fastest privately owned machine in the world” – a title earned by clocking 115mph. Later, when the Nottingham-built bike was owned by Ralph Bilbe, the top speed record was broken when he achieved 126mph on the A30 between Stockbridge and Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Augustin Sabatie-Garat from RM Sotheby’s said: “In the motorcycle world, Moby Dick is the ultimate Brough Superior you can buy.

“It was the fastest bike of its era, and enjoyed immense racing success in period.

“A definite jewel of any collection, it is certainly deserving of its place among the most valuable motorcycles ever presented at auction, and holds the potential to set a new benchmark for any British bike sold at auction.”

The Brough is part of a collection, named Moto-Icons: From Cafe Racer to the Superbike, which is being sold by an unnamed vendor, with an added four Broughs, four MV Agustas and two Nortons.

The current record for a British bike at auction is £330,000.

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