Ex-George Brough Superior SS100 to make $299,000 at Bonhams

Bonhams has announced highlights of its Stafford Sale of Important Collectors' Motorcycles and Related Memorabilia on April 27, with a spectacular Brough Superior campaigned by George Brough himself set to lead bids.

The SS100 was extensively campaigned by Brough, founder of the legendary British company

The 1939 bike, "FTV 70", was raced by Brough in the London-Edinburgh endurance run. Originally attached to a sidecar, which housed motorcycling journalist Henry Laird in the race, it is expected to make £140,000-180,000.

A forerunner of the SS100, the SS-80, set the record for any motorcycle at auction in 2012, when George Brough's own model made £291,000 ($469,359). It had seen over 50 sprint victories at the hands of the pioneering motorcyclist and became the first side-vale motorcycle to lap Brooklands at over 100mph.

George Brough takes the reigns while journalist Henry Laird prepares for the ride of his life

The SS100 was put through its paces by Brough in 1939, also taking parting in the Tour of Ireland and a series of road tests. It was later bought from just £70 in 1961, and was placed in storage soon after, where it has remained ever since.

Also starring in the sale is a rare 1975 Bimota 970cc HB1, estimated at £55,000-65,000, and a 1929 Scott 596cc racing motorcycle at £23,000-28,000.

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