World Record: The ‘Bodmin Broughs’ sold for over £750k

British motorcycle sales record set by Brough Superior BS4.

It was only expected to fetch around £100,000, but an ex-Hubert Chantrey, 1938 Brough Superior BS4 has fetched £331,900 to an unnamed, German collector.

The record-breaking bike was one of the ‘Bodmin Brough‘ collection, described as ‘the greatest motorcycle discovery of recent times’ after a collection of old motorcycles – and bike bits – was found in a barn in a village near Bodmin.

All eight of the bikes found were sold by Bonhams at their Stafford sale this past weekend, and the total lot went for an astonishing £752,625.

“The Broughs of Bodmin Moor are the motorcycle discovery of the decade. They’ve caused quite a stir in the saleroom, with each one far exceeding estimate, allowing us to break our own world record for a British motorcycle sold at auction.” – Ben Walker, Bonhams.

Not bad for something lingering in an old shed for decades.

One of the highly sought after Brough bikes as it was found in a barn in Bodmin, Devon. See SWNS story SWBROUGH; A treasure trove of motorcycles regarded as the Rolls-Royces of the bike world have been discovered after being left to rot in a barn for 50 YEARS. The eight Brough Superiors have gathered dust and rust for decades until what is being described as one of the greatest motorcycle discoveries of recent times. Brough Superior bikes, built from 1924 until 1940, are the most sought-after two-wheel transport in the world. Just 380 Brough Superiors were built with TE Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, a famous owner. Lawrence died when he crashed his SS in 1935.

One of the highly sought after Brough bikes as it was found in a barn in Bodmin, Devon.

The star of the show – of course – was the Superior 800cc BS4. Back in its day this was a revolutionary machine; it was the first four cylinder motorcycle in a world dominated by singles and twins. Only ten were ever made, and this model sold, is now one of only seven known to exist.



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    May 11, 2016 at 20:09

    It has no seat!

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    May 11, 2016 at 21:06

    bloody hell!! Thats a fair old chunk of cash for something that looks like its been chilling with titanic for a few decades.

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    Iain Brookes

    May 11, 2016 at 22:05

    I’ve only been biking a wee while, but that looks bloody uncomfortable!

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