Noted for offering a wide and eclectic range of important and collectible-edition motorcycles like the 1906 Indian Camelback, the Fonzie's Triumph Motorcycle from 'Happy Days', a vintage BMW Rennsport motorcycle, a 115-year-old Hildebrand & Wolfmuller motorcycle, the historic Garelli racing motorcycles, the 110 year-old Rambler Model B Indian motorcycle, and one of the world’s first motorcycles from 1899, to name a few, the auctioneer Bonhams is now offering a fully-restored 1931 Brough Superior S S80 motorcycle. Estimated to realize as much as $75,200 when it goes under the hammer at the International Classic MotorCycle Show on April 28th, the motorcycle in question actually won in a raffle more than 40 years ago. Besides, we have also seen the sale of other Brough Superior motorcycles including the 1922 Brough Superior ‘Old Bill’ which got sold for $468,963 to become the most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction and the Brough Superior's Retro Pendine hand-made motorcycle.
Historically, the 1931 model started life as a sidecar outfit with Ipswich Police, and after being impressively converted to solo trim and then donated in charity by its then owner, it was offered as the 1st prize in a 1972 fund-raising raffle at the Brough Superior Club. Notably, the tickets were sold at a price of five pence each, and the 2nd and 3rd prizes were 10 and 5 gallons of oil respectively.
Further, the lucky winner of this machine then sold it to an affluent club member who raced it passionately for a number of years, before it passed to its current owner in year 2004.