Register Members List Member Map Media Calendar Garage Forum Home Mark Forums Read

Go Back > News & Media > Motorcycle News & Media > Racing News
Forgot info?

Welcome to! You are currently viewing our forums as a guest which gives you limited access to the community. By joining our free community you will have access to great discounts from our sponsors, the ability to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload content, free email, classifieds, and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free, join our community!

Register Today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

Like us on Facebook! Regular shirt GIVEAWAYS and more


Share This Thread: 
Subscribe to this Thread Thread Tools
Old 12-14-2015, 09:40 AM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2008
Feedback Rating: (0)
Posts: 140,736

The 340000 barn find

Collection dubbed the Broughs of Bodmin Moor discovered buried under dust and machinery

The twin rear-wheeled Brough Superior 750cc BS4 once owned by Hubert Chantrey. It's expected to sell for up to 120,000.

The 1938 Brough Superior 982cc SS100, estimated at 60,000-80,000

EIGHT ‘long-lost’ Brough Superiors together worth up to £340,000 have been discovered in a barn in Cornwall.

The machines were thought to have been destroyed and have been dubbed the 'Broughs of Bodmin Moor' because of disagreement over whether they really existed, according to Ben Walker, International Director for auctioneers Bonhams.

The mystery was solved when they were discovered partly buried under dust and machinery, Walker said.

The collection includes a four-cylinder Brough Superior, one of only eight to be built and the last to be accounted for.

Walker said: ‘This is one of the greatest motorcycle discoveries of recent times. A lot of mystery surrounds these motorcycles, as very few people knew that they still existed, many believing them to be an urban myth. There was a theory that they still existed somewhere in the West Country, but few knew where, until now.

‘Stored in barns for more than 50 years, the motorcycles were discovered whole, in parts, and some were partially submerged under decades of dust, old machinery parts and household clutter.

'This is the last known collection of unrestored Brough Superiors; there will not be another opportunity like this. Only eight four-cylinder machines were built, and the example in this collection is the final one to be re-discovered.'

Most of the bikes have been unused since the 1960s, when they were acquired by the late vendor Frank Vague.

The highest estimated value is £80,000-£120,000 for a twin rear-wheeled Brough Superior 750cc BS4 which was owned by Hubert Chantrey, a friend of George Brough.

The collection also includes a 1938 982cc SS100 estimated at £60,000-£80,000 and a 1926 SS100 estimated at £30,000-£40,000.

The lowest estimated value is £6,000-£8,000 for a 1936 SS80 in pieces.

The combined upper estimate for the whole collection is £340,000.

The bikes are to be auctioned at the Bonhams Sale of Important Collectors’ Motorcycles at Stafford on April 24 2016.
  • Sign up for Visordown's weekly newsletter, Bugsplat, to get the best motorcycle news, road tests and features plus exclusive competitions and offers direct to your inbox. Register as a Visordown member here and tick the box for Bugsplat in your newsletter settings here.
Related Content

Brough Superior bought for 70 expected to sell for 180,000
Interwar superbike to sell for up to 240,000
Last Brough SS100 on sale at Bonhams
Moby Brough sells for 210,500
Brough's Brough Superior up for auction

NewsBot is offline   Reply With Quote
Similar Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The 340000 barn finds NewsBot Racing News 0 12-14-2015 09:10 AM
1990 FZR 400 1WG Barn Find Rebuild Jenk's Vintage / Cafe Racers 39 08-28-2015 01:03 PM
1955 BSA CB34 | BARN FIND CLASSIC MOTORCYCLES NewsBot Industry News 0 03-12-2015 01:21 AM
TTR-125 Barn Find Issues invision How To's and Q & A's 10 04-03-2012 10:43 PM
My Barn Find, 1969 MotoGuzzi ScooterTrash Cruisers Lounge 32 03-23-2007 11:38 PM

Thread Tools


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:56 AM. is not responsible for the content posted by users.
Privacy Policy