£425,500 for a Brough Superior SS 100

This legendary motorcycle, owned and ridden by FP ‘Gentleman’ Dickson, a famous rider in the 1920’s with successes in most UK rallies and races, was sold (March 2nd) by H&H Classics at the National Motorcycle Museum for £425,500, a new world record for a Brough Superior. It had been conservatively estimated to sell for £160,000 to £200,000.

The H&H Classics sale made a total of £1.2m, with over 70% of the bikes in the sale sold. Mark Bryan, Head of Sales for Bikes at H&H Classics, said: “I can’t say this result came as a huge surprise, given the steady rise in values of Brough motorcycles. But given this bike’s race history and its complete condition, it was always going to do well at sale. It went to an American buyer and will be going to the USA.”

Gentleman Dickson was George Brough’s closest friend and they entered many races together as the Brough factory team. The most important event at that time was the International Six Days Trial (ISDT) which took place in Scotland and several other countries in Europe. The pair won gold medals in Scotland and in Austria where they were the overall winners.

In 1930, FP Dickson rode this bike, TV 2001, in the ISDT in Switzerland along with George Brough and Eddy Meyer as the Brough team. On the first day, Dickson crashed heavily, breaking his leg, and was taken to hospital in Geneva by car. His teammates decided to retire from the event and follow him to the hospital. On the way, George Brough was hit head on by a car being driven on the wrong side of the road. He also sustained a broken leg and later sued the driver for substantial damages.

FP Dickson convalesced in hospital but unfortunately died in mid February 1931 aged just 42 after pneumonia. He was buried in Geneva.

George never really fully recovered from his accident and had to use a walking stick for the rest of his life. The bike was complete, partly restored and part assembled for the auction.
Other Sale Highlights include:

1993 Ducati Supermono
• Estimate: £70,000 – £80,000
• Sold For £73,125

1937 Brough Superior SS80 Combination
• Estimate: £40,000 – £60,000
• Sold For £56,250

1951 Vincent Rapide
• Estimate: £35,000 – £38,000
• Sold For £34,875

1999 Yamaha YZF-R7
• Estimate: £25,000 – £28,000
• Sold For £28,687.50

1938 Norton Manx 30M
• Estimate: £24,000 – £27,000
• Sold For £21,937.50

1932 Matchless Model X
• Estimate: £13,000 – £15,000
• Sold For £19,406.25

1956 BSA DB34 Gold Star
• Estimate: £6,000 – £8,000
• Sold For £15,468.75

1934 Velocette KSS
• Estimate: £14,000 – £16,000
• Sold For £14,625

1957 Honda JC57 Benly
• Estimate: £10,000 – £15,000
• Sold For £12,937.50