Dubbed the "Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles, Brough Superior motorcycles, sidecars, and motor cars were made by George Brough in his Brough Superior works on Haydn Road in Nottingham, England, from 1919 to 1940. Approximately 3,048 examples of 19 models were made in 21 years of production; around 1/3 of that production total still exist. T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") owned eight of these motorcycles and died from injuries sustained while crashing one. George Bernard Shaw was another among many celebrities who were enthusiastic about Brough products.
Fast-Forward to the year 2014, a 1929 Brough Superior motorcycle recently went under the hammer in London, and was sold for what should make your and ours jaw drop down and break the floor, at GBP 315,000 which with a help of a calculator turns out to be a mind numbingly exorbitant Rs. 3.03 crore. this auction clinched the title of the Most Expensive Bike Ever Sold at a Public Auction. it is an interesting fact to note that, the previous record was held by another Brough Superior in 2012, when a SS80 model exchanged hands for a staggering GBP 291,200.
This time around it was a pristine 1929 Brough Superior 986cc SS100 Alpine Grand Sports, was owned by T.E. Lawrence, a World War 1 British Army officer, apart from 8 other Brough Superiors, and met his end due to injuries in an accident that involved one of the Superiors he owned. Known for their exclusivity, Brough Superiors were always sought after for their rarity, with only 3,048 units of 19 models were made in 21 years, and included just 383 models of SS100, which was produced between 1924 and 1940. And even back then, these bikes were notoriously expensive, further upping its exclusivity quotient.
The Brough Superiors offered high-performance and quality, which endowed them with several race victories and speed records between 1920 and 1930. The SS100 (Super Sports) models were powered by Matchless 1000cc overhead valve V-twin engines .