Lo­cal Broughs hit the jack­pot in UK

Old Bike Australasia - - BUZZ BOX -

To the unini­ti­ated, it may have looked like a pile of old junk, but buy­ers at the Bon­hams Stafford in England auc­tion on Oc­to­ber 18 def­i­nitely thought oth­er­wise. The es­tate of the late Gary Ross who died in Syd­ney last year, in­cluded a partly as­sem­bled 1927 Brough Su­pe­rior SS100 Alpine Grand Sport and a 1926 SS100, brought £259,100 and £236,700 re­spec­tively in­clud­ing buyer’s premium, against es­ti­mates of £120,000 to £160,000 for each. The SS100s plus parts of other Brough mod­els were con­signed to the UK auc­tion­eer by his widow, Elaine. Gary Ross had spent much of his life col­lect­ing parts for Broughs with the in­ten­tion of restor­ing them, but un­for­tu­nately passed away at 69 be­fore he could achieve this. Bon­hams says only around 380 Brough Su­pe­rior SS100s were built be­tween 1924 and 1940, when pro­duc­tion ended. The Ross col­lec­tion raised a to­tal of £635,000 (ap­prox. A$1,380,000) in­clud­ing buyer’s premium. Elaine Ross told Bon­hams’ Ben Walker, who flew out from England to in­spect the parts, that they had sat in boxes in their lounge room with the tele­vi­sion set on top. “Th­ese bikes were more pre­cious to him than life it­self,” she said. “Those bikes were never about money. We didn’t have a lot of money. If he had sold them life would have been more com­fort­able for us but that wasn’t what life was about.”

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