Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 4th April 2012

Classic Brough Superior

A restored 1939 Brough Superior SS80, that was once displayed in the window of Polo Ralph Lauren in London, and a rare 1952 125cc LEF are amongst 95 vintage motorcycles going under the hammer later this month.

The first of H&H’s new ‘Specialist Sales’ includes a mouth-watering array of no less than 95 motorcycles, which the company says is possibly the best selection so far assembled by the company in its 20-year history.

Models to go up for auction on April 19, at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, also include a mint condition 1951 Vincent Rapide Series C and a 1926 Norton Model 18.

Highlight of the auction is a 1939 Brough Superior SS80, which is expected to fetch between £45,000 and £50,000.

Other models in the auction include:

  • A restored 1939 Brough Superior SS80 (£45,000-50,000) that was once displayed in the window of Polo Ralph Lauren’s London premises – NB the figure of £286,000 that H&H achieved for an SS100 in 2010 remains a world record for a motorcycle at auction
  • A rare 1952 125cc LEF (£25,000-28,000) raced in period by Jim Dakin, Eric Pantlin and Dave Chadwick
  • 1951 Vincent Rapide Series C (£25,000-28,000) – an unmolested example showing just 67,000 miles from new
  • 1926 Norton Model 18 (£25,000-28,000) – a fine example of one of the company’s most successful models
  • 1913 AJS Model D (£20,000-24,000) – a veteran of 15 Pioneer runs and six London to Brighton events. Superb and rare
  • 1960 BSA Gold Star Catalina (£15,000-18,000) – restored to a high standard
  • 1915 Royal Enfield 8hp Combination (£12,000-14,000) – a delightful example in original, unrestored condition, complete with wicker sidecar
  • 1968 Cheney Triumph ISDT (£8,000-9,000) – used by Dick Sutton to win bronze in the 1968 ISDT at San Pellegrino
  • 1953 Triumph T100 Tiger (£7,500-8,500) – a lovely, restored example of the sprung-hub model
  • 1955 AJS 16MC (£2,000-3,000) – believed to have been ridden by Tom Arter in the 1955 Mitcham Vase trials event

Further details of this fascinating sale (which also includes 83 collectors’ motorcars) and all other H&H auctions can be found at