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1932 Brough Superior 680 Black Alpine Central To Debate About Restoration

Sometimes the old ones really are the best ones and you don’t want to mess with them. That is the case with this wonderful Brough motorbike restored to look unrestored by the leading marque restoration specialist, Simon Miles.

It is estimated to sell for £100,000 – £150,000 by H&H Classics on July 30 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham where it can be viewed under NMM supervision.

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The work to restore this bike cost more than a normal restoration. A lot of original parts were used in its restoration.

It is one of only two bikes restored by Simon Miles to retain the patina of age. The trend is increasing to keep the look of bikes original rather than making them appear to be shiny brand new looking restorations.

The Brough Motorcycle marque will be forever associated with T.E. Lawrence, known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ who bought one of the first Brough SS100s in 1925 having previously owned three Brough SS80s. The crash that would end his life came while riding another SS100, on a narrow road near his cottage in 1935.

Recent sales have seen unrestored bikes sell for the same or even more than restored models. The reason for this development may be that there are less and less unrestored bikes in existence says Mark Bryan of H&H Classics.

Adding to the interest in this Brough is the fact that it is a correct numbers bike and comes complete with (unusually) five old style log books detailing the ownership history – one old log book is more like the norm.


The first owner of this machine was a Mr Ireson who lived just down the road from the Brough factory in Nottingham. He sold the bike back to George Brough in 1934.

The bike looks stunning with its ‘unrestored’ look of age which speaks of miles travelled and years of loving care. It is currently on display at the National Motor Cycle Museum until the H&H sale on 30th July.

Mark Bryan adds: “This Brough is well known to the Brough Owners Club. It is a superb usable investment bike that still retains its original petrol tank and gearbox and has a magnificent feel that makes it look very original and unrestored.”


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