George Brough (1890–1969), was a true pioneer in the motorcycle world. In 1928, he recorded the speed of 130.6 mph at Arpajon, which was unofficially the world’s fastest speed on a solo motorcycle. He may be poised to set another world record posthumously – the highest price ever paid for a motorcycle. Current estimates say that his own prototype 1925 Brough Superior SS100 will fetch $600,000 to $700,000 in auction.
The Brough Superior motorcycles are widely regarded as the first true superbikes. Many Superiors are in existence and several are perfectly preserved. However, the Superior being auctioned was Borough’s own “Alpine Grand Sport” that he himself raced. The auction will be held December 15, 2010, with a viewing from December 8-14 in New York.
The SS100 model was introduced in 1925. Four hundred of the bikes were produced, including about 100 with Matchless engines. The bike being auctioned was the first true example of the legendary breed. Amazingly, every SS100 was tested at a speed of 100 miles per hour before delivery. Remember…we’re talking 1925!
Maybe Brough put it best in his quote for the SS100 sales brochure, “It is very satisfying to know that you are astride a machine which, if you wish, can leave behind anything on wheels.”
Written by Tim Kessel, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com