1928 Brough Superior SS100 "Moby Dick"

€500.000 - €700.000

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JTOR/C 20728/T

Documents: Bill of Sale

  • ‘Fastest privately owned machine in the world’, Motor Cycling, 1931
  • 1,140-cc engine specially tuned by George Brough and JAP
Please note that this lot is sold on a Bill of Sale.
Nicknamed “Moby Dick” by Motor Cycling magazine tester Dennis May, this SS100 is the original Speed Custom motorcycle. Purchased as a standard Brough Superior SS100 with special oversize cylinders from J.A. Prestwich (JAP) by Charles Hobb, the additional 13 horsepower proved to be not enough for the speed demon. Additional modifications, including an increase in compression ratio, higher-lift cams, lightened valves, and twin Amal carburettors, increased power output to over 65 horsepower – an increase of 21 horsepower over the standard engine. Moby Dick clocked in at 115 mph in top gear, though at that point it was the road that was running out, not the bike.

Sold in 1936 to the Bilbé brothers, who had immense success racing with the SS100, Moby Dick was traded again in 1940 and was subsequently kept hidden away during the war years. Resurfacing in North London, the Brough Superior was purchased by Tom Eccles, who owned the historic motorcycle for the next three decades. Restored in 1997 under the ownership of Roger Bilbé, son of one of the Bilbé brothers, Moby Dick was returned to its current condition. Since restoration, it has remained in the care of enthusiasts. Easily the crown jewel of any collection, a more unique and historic road bike would be hard to find.

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