Brough Motorcycles made their first motorcycle in 1902. And 20 years later, founder George Brough created one model that was later labelled as the "Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles".
Their Super Sports 100 (SS100) made during the years 1924-1940 was the first custom made motorcycle with parts borrowed from different manufacturers. The 1000 cc OHV 50° V-twin engine was sourced from Matchless, the forks were modified Harley Davidson forks while the 3-speed gear box was delivered by Sturmey-Archer (a 100 year old firm that still makes gears). The top speed of this Brough Superior was 200 km/hr and was recorded in 1939.
About 400 of these expensive motorcycles were produced and only few personalities who loved speed and were extremely rich could possess them. One of the owners was Sir T. E Lawrence (British historian, diplomat, military officer and writer) well-known as Lawrence of Arabia* who owned seven of these.
Sir T.E. Lawrence who was a friend of George Brough brought his first, in 1925 and in a decade he purchased six more. During one of his ride in 1935, he had a fatal accident while trying to save two kids who came on his path. Sir Lawrence had severe head injuries and went in to coma. After six days he lost his life prompting his neurosurgeon Hugh Cairns later to develop crash helmets that soon became mandatory for all riders and today what is the minimum safety standard for any biker.
Today a Brough Superior motorcycle can fetch few crores like the last one that was sold in an auction in 2010, when it fetched over Rs. 3.2 crore (in today’s value).
A highly detailed and soon-to-be rare collectible whose value will increase with time, this metal model has minute detailing - yellow tinged exhaust pipes (due to heat), belt reproduction on saddle bag, etc .
* a movie with the same name was produced in 1962 by producer Sir David Lean with actors Sir Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn and Omar Shariff
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Only 1932 exclusive pieces created|
|- Extremely detailed with authentic representation such as colour discolouration on hot silencer, weld joints, leather strap, etc.|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||9.5 x 4.5 x 6.5|