Page 13. 1938 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe Special. SOLD

1938 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe Special

Rare, Restored and Raring to Go…

A Brough Superior is the dream motorcycle for many enthusiasts. The Motor Cycle magazine described the original SS80 as ‘the Rolls Royce of motorcycles.’ Production ended in 1940, but that description is still well-known even now, sixty years later.

This one is owned by a good friend of mine, and he’s asked me to sell it for him.

He’s owned it for many years. Better than money in the bank, as they say.

The engine has been rebuilt, it has a superb Lewis & Templeton petrol tank, and it looks fabulous.






Haydn Rd, Nottingham

Between 1919 and 1940, George Brough manufactured motorcycles and cars at Haydn Road in Nottingham. It is estimated that 3048 were made, and 19 different models produced. Around 1,000 still exist. T. E. Lawrence – ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ – owned seven bikes and died from injuries sustained while crashing an SS100. George Bernard Shaw was another famous rider.

All Broughs are high performance, superior quality machines, and most were custom built to a customers requirements. Each motorcycle was assembled twice. The first assembly was for fitting of all components; it was then taken apart and all parts painted or plated before reassembly. Every machine was test-ridden to ensure that it performed to specification, and was personally certified by George Brough. The SS100 model was ridden at 100 mph or more prior to delivery. The SS80 model was ridden at 80 mph or more. If any motorcycle didn’t meet specification, it returned to the shop for rework until it performed properly. The fit and finish was comparable to a Rolls-Royce car, and they were among the most expensive motorcycles on the market at the time. The various models were:

SS80 (Super Sports) – Powered by J.A.P. or Matchless 1000 cc sidevalve v-twin engines. Approximately 1,086 were manufactured from 1922 to 1940.

SS100 (Super Sports) – Powered by J.A.P. (J. A. Prestwich of Tottenham) or Matchless 1000 cc overhead valve v-twin engines. Approximately 383 were manufactured from 1924 to 1940.

SS680 O.H.V. (Super Sports) – Powered by J.A.P. 680 cc overhead valve v-twin. Approximately 547 were manufactured from 1926 to 1936.

11.50 – Powered by J.A.P 1000 cc sidevalve v-twin engines. These were primarily designed for sidecar and police use. Approximately 308 were manufactured from 1933 to 1940. The model name refers to the horsepower rating of the engine, 11 RAC (Royal Automobile Club), 50 bhp (37 kW), in reality these engines produced 32 bhp (24 kW) . Tax horsepower ratings were required by manufactures for tax purposes. RAC HP equals Piston diameter squared times number of cylinders all divided by 2.5.

George Brough was known for his dedication to his vehicles and customers. He, and later Albert Wallis, continued to service Brough Superiors after production ceased. Parts were made until 1969 but production of bikes did not resume after WW2.


There are only two things that my friend did not get round to sorting out with this machine:

1. The toolboxes either side of the rear mudguard require leather covers to be made and fitted.

2. the chrome exhaust has one scabby part, as seen below in close up.


The frame number is M8 19- –

(frame number disguised, but available to serious enquirers).

Engine number is BSX 4670

Tank number is 3151

Current DVLA registration Document is present

Original Registration is BWS 250

First Registered 19th May 1938

Old logbook (below) available

T.E. Lawrence






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LOCATION: Brighton, E.Sussex, United Kingdom


DELIVERY is not included in this auction.

This means that it is not my responsibility,

BUT I can put you in touch with a delivery chap and organize collection;

you liaise with them direct re delivery and pay them separately.

Great Britain – delivery is ONLY £60 for this motorcycle to main parts of England;

extra to extremities such as Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, etc (and may take longer to arrive)

(Please email your postcode if you want to confirm price).


(Collection when they’re in my area; delivery when in yours).


If you want it fast, please organize your own collection.


Ireland & N. Ireland – I’ll recommend some companies, but you’ll have to organize it yourself.

Europe – delivery is probably around €400 to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, etc. I can recommend two companies.

North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc – I’ll organize all the crating and shipping for you.

PAYMENT: Paypal is okay for cheap items; otherwise deposit only on paypal please.


Please communicate with me before the end of the auction to discuss payment and shipping options.


AFTER PURCHASE: Please email me your phone numbers; I prefer to speak to all purchasers personally.

I do everything I can to make your purchase a pleasurable experience.

I’ve been selling obscure vintage vehicles on ebay since 2002.

Sharing similar interests, I’ve become good friends with many of my customers.

Please feel free to email or phone with any comments or questions…


VEHICLE CONDITION: Vintage vehicles are wonderful beasts

– but each has an individual personality and they sometimes have bad days just like you and me.
You will need basic mechanical skills (or a local mechanic) to use one on a regular basis.

Two-strokes invariably need basic servicing before starting them, if they’ve been left to stand for more than 3 weeks or so.

These are rare vehicles whose values are not necessarily based on running order.



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