“I am more used to pulling old bikes out of barns and garages and other strange places,” Mark Bryan, head of motorcycle sales at H&H Classics, was saying, “so it was rather different coming across this 1937 Brough Superior SS80 in the owner’s living room.”
That’s right, the highly collectible vintage motorcycle that’s going to auction March 2 had been residing in its owner’s living room.
“But it’s not surprising really,” Bryan added, “given the love and work he put into it, and it’s value today.”
The late Michael Howick, a retired bus driver from London, had kept the motorcycle in his living room for a decade. He’d purchased the bike in 1956 from his father-in-law for £22. Well, at least he’d purchased a box of disassembled motorcycle parts from his father-in-law for that price.
Howick restored the machine in the early 1980s and rode it to a variety of events, including the Festival of 1000 Bikes at Brands Hatch.
He also created a homemade, bullet-nosed sidecar around a period Blacknell sidecar frame.
H&H Classics says the numbers-correct motorcycle, now valued between £40,000 and £60,000 ($52,600 and $78,950), and its original Brough Superior build sheet and the side car, will be auctioned in March at the National Motorcycle Museum.