Barn-find of the century : The story of the 8 Cornish Brough Superiors.

I want to start by saying happy new year and also apologies for the absence on here. The end of 2015 brought about a lot of change for us and it meant that a lot of my focus was pulled away from the blog and Scott Fraser Collection – but we’ve got big plans to resume for 2016.

Back to business anyway and with the Christmas period still in sight over our shoulder, here’s a story that defiantly was something like those fictitious miracles you hear about as a kid.Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 18.30.30

Imagine the scene. With only weeks to go till Christmas, you hear of a story that a guy down the road has a load of old motorbikes in his shed, stowed away in little nooks and crannies throughout his Cornish place. Taking it further, you find said man and much to your surprise find out that these stories are actually true.
These motorbikes though, they’re not just any motorbike, they’re Brough Superiors and he’s got 8 of them. This does not happen. The owner – Mr. Frank Vague, a member of the Brough Superior Club bought most of them in the ’60s and has kept hold of them ever since.Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 18.29.20

These bikes are described by those in the bike world as the holy-grail.  Built in the 1920s and 1930s, they were known as the Rolls Royce of motorcycles and used by celebrated riders such as Lawrence of Arabia.Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 19.49.13

Found in various states of repair, these vehicles are not for the faint-hearted by any means of restoring them or the amount they will cost just to get your hands on them. With only around 3,000 motorbikes having been produced by Brough, there are now only around 1/3 in existence today, so they’re something of a rarity.Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 18.30.13 Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 18.29.00

They will be sold individually at Bonhams in April 2016 and it looks to be a pretty incredible sale. To give an idea of the price tag, I wouldn’t come with less than a 5 or 6 figure sum to get you hands on one. Now go break into those piggy banks, you’ve got 4 months.
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