Iconic ‘Moby Dick’ – the fastest motorcycles of the 1920s to Sell at Bonhams
This year Bonham’s won’t just be witnessing 4-wheeled maestros going under the hammer. They will also be featuring some of the best in the 2-wheeled versions known to us. We showed you a host of them in our coverage of the Bernard Li collection, and making the list the list longer is the 1929 Brough Superior SS100, also known as the ‘Moby Dick’ amongst motorcycles. Known for its powerful engine, it has already put the estimated auction price of the bike in the region of $398,000- 464,380.
After the launch of the bike, it came to known as ‘the fastest privately owned machine in the world, suitable for road use with speeds of over 106 m/ph. Further re-engineering and tweaking of some key components took the speeds up to 115 m/ph, and the significant point here is that the age produced barely anything that could cross the 100 m/ph mark on wheels. This engine was an 1142 cc v-twin engine with a 980cc capacity, which still manages to vow many auto-loves to this day. Other distinct features included the dynamo lighting, twist handle grip and the cradle frame, which was one of the earliest to be used in the Brough Superior range derived from Bret le Vack’s Brooklands Racer. Further investigation also brings to light that this particular piece is a one of the earliest surviving models in the series. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, extensive work on the chassis and its components restored the original conditions of the bike, and looking at the craze for vintage two-wheelers, this one will sure be a star at the Bonham’s Auction.