Brough Motorcycles and Brough Superior Motorcycles are one in the same company in which the only difference in name had to do with the change in ownership from father to son.
In 1908 William E. Brough started Brough Motorcycles in England and produced at first flat tank single cylinder engine motorcycles but later changed to twin cylinder engines. Brough Motorcycles used a variety of different motorcycle engines from 1908 to 1926.
These Brough Motorcycles were considered the Rolls Royce of motorcycles due to their 100% custom ordered production. No two Brough motorcycles were the same due to their unique custom ordered design.
George Brough, the son of William E. Brough, had started his own motorcycle shop and named it Brough Superior. Upon hearing this, his father was quoted at saying "this must mean that my motorcycles must be Brough Inferior."
There were roughly 3,048 Brough Motorcycle created, of which at least 1,000 are still in existence today.
T.E Lawrence who was also known as Lawrence of Arabia was among many celebrities who owned Brough motorcycles. Lawrence himself owned 7 motorcycles and actually died on one in a crash while his eighth Brough Motorcycle was being custom made.
Brough motorcycles were to be assembled twice and test ridden once before being given to their owners. These Brough Motorcycles are considered to be one of the rarest motorcycles and also fetch an extremely high collectable price tag as they are one of the most sought after antique bikes in the world. The most expensive price paid for a Brough Motorcycle as an antique collectable was over three million US Dollars.
From 1922 to 1937 several Brough Motorcycles were entered and won many international motorcycle races.
From 1935 to 1938 Brough Motorcycles even produced a limited quantity of custom made specialised cars. The Brough Superior cars and Motorcycles were also featured in a number of Japanese Anime movies.
Original Authors: Nicholas
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 06/06/2008