"Mythical" motorcycle collection unearthed in Cornwall
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
According to auctioneers Bonhams, the Brough Superiors had been stored in barns for over 50 years, and are the last known collection of unrestored Broughs in the world.
The eight motorcycles which date from between 1926-1939 were stumbled upon after the passing of their collector, Frank Vague, earlier this year. When clearing out his barns in Bodmin, located just a short distance from our Golant hotel, the discovery was made.
Hailed as one of the greatest motorcycle discoveries of all time, the collection has also been described as being somewhat of an "urban myth". This is due to the fact that very few people knew about the collection, and would speculate about their location in the South West.
Brough Superior motorcycles were built in Nottingham during the 1920's and 30's by George Brough, and were known as the Rolls Royce of the motorcycle world. British Army officer TE Lawrence, more commonly known as Lawrence of Arabia, owned eight Brough Superior bikes (pictured above).
Amongst the collection is a 1938 model which was owned by Hubert Chantry, who was a friend of George Brough, which is expected to fetch around £120,000 at auction. An SS100 model has been valued at £80,000, and the entire collection is believed to sell for £350,000.
However, once restoration on the bikes is complete, they are believed to be worth over £3 million! They will be sold at auction in April, and it has been stated that there will not be another opportunity like this one again!