Rotting motorcycle wreck could fetch £15,000 at auction

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Rotting motorcycle wreck could fetch £15,000 at auction

It has no wheels, no exhaust, the frame is crumbling away and the seat (among plenty of other things) is in serious need of major refurbishment but the battered shell of this historic motorcycle could still fetch £15,000 at auction.

The remains of this 1939 Brough Superior SS80 is said to be an enthusiasts "dream come true" as the pre-war bike is often referred to as the world's first real superbike.

The SS80 moniker is an indication of the bike's guaranteed top speed and in 1922, when it was first launched, the powerful 982cc v-twin engine and sleek exterior design made it one of the most desirable bikes on the market.

Auction house Bonhams will sell the item at Staffordshire County Showground on October 20, and believes the vintage bike requires around £25,000 worth of restoration to bring it back to concourse standards.

Ben Walker, from Bonhams, said: "It was bought by the vendor's father in 1964 and over the years parts have gone missing or rotted away.

"But this is the Rolls Royce of bikes."

After wowing crowds with its impressive on-road speed, a stripped-for-racing version ridden by George Brough became the first sidevalve-engined machine to lap the high-speed Brooklands circuit at over 100mph.

Bonhams describes the auction as: "A challenging yet potentially most rewarding project for the dedicated Brough enthusiast, the machine comes with the aforementioned logbook and is sold strictly as viewed."