Minichamps MIN122135500 1932 Brough Superior SS 100 Motorcycle - T.E. Lawrence a.k.a. "Lawrence of Arabia" (1:12 Scale)
"I'm not a speed merchant, but ride fairly far in the day (occasionally 700 miles, often 500) and at a fair average, for the machine's speed in the open lets one crawl through the towns, & still average 40-42 miles in the hour. The riding position & the slow powerful turn-over of the engine at speeds of 50 odd give one a very restful feeling. There, it is no good telling you all you knew before I did: they are the jolliest things on wheels."
- T.E. LAWRENCE, a.k.a. "Lawrence of Arabia"
Brough Superior motorcycles and automobiles were made by George Brough in his Brough Superior works on Haydn Road in Nottingham, England from 1919 to 1940. They were dubbed the "Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles" by H. D. Teague of The Motorcycle newspaper. Approximately 3048 of 19 models were made in 21 years of production. In 2004, approximately 1000 still exist. Lawrence of Arabia owned seven bikes and died from injuries sustained while crashing one.
George Brough was a racer, designer, and showman. All Brough Superior motorcycles were high performance and superior quality. Most of them were custom made to suit the customers needs, and rarely were any two of the same configuration. Each motorcycle was assembled twice. The first assembly was for fitting of all components, then the motorcycle was disassembled and all parts were painted or plated as needed. Then the finished parts were assembled a final time. Every motorcycle was test ridden to make sure that each one performed to the specifications of the particular model. Each motorcycle was personally certified by George Brough. The SS100 model was ridden at 100 miles per hour or over before being delivered to the customer. The SS80 model was ridden at 80 miles per hour or over before being delivered. If any motorcycle failed to meet the specifications, the motorcycle was taken back to the shop and worked upon until it performed to the specifications of the particular model. The fit and finish was comparable to a Rolls-Royce automobile. These were some of the most expensive motorcycles in the world.
Brough Superior motorcycles have always been rare and expensive. They are some of the most desirable antique motorcycles for an enthusiast to collect. Because of their connection with Lawrence of Arabia, their extremely well fit and finish, their reputatation for reliability and winning races, and along with their boast of being the Rolls Royce of Motor Cycles they are one of the most collectible of all the worlds' vehicles. (courtesy: Wikipedia)
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale diecast replica of a 1932 Brough Superior SS 100 motorcycle that was ridden by T.E. Lawrence, better known as "Lawrence of Arabia." Lawrence owned eight Broughs in all: 1922 - Boa (the name was short for Boanerges); 1923 - George I (the cost of 150 was more than the price of a house at the time); 1924 - George II; 1925 - George III; 1926 - George IV; 1927 - George V (RK 4907); 1929 - George VI (UL 656); 1932 - George VII (GW 2275) (the bike which he died while riding); Undelivered - George VIII (still being built when Lawrence was killed. Comes packaged in a handsome presentation case.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: April 2008
TO GEORGE BROUGH
Dear Mr. Brough,
Yesterday I completed 100,000 miles, since 1922, on five successive Brough Superiors, and I'm going abroad very soon, so that I think I must make an end, and thank you for the road-pleasure I have got out of them. In 1922, I found George I (your old Mark I) the best thing I'd ridden, but George V (the 1922 SS100) is incomparably better. In 1925 and 1926 (George IV & V) I have not had an involuntary stop, & so have not been able to test your spares service, on which I drew so heavily in 1922 and 1923.
Your present machines are as fast and reliable as express trains, and the greatest fun in the world to drive: - and I say this after twenty years experience of cycles and cars.
They are very expensive to buy, but light in upkeep (50-65 m.p.g. of petrol, 4000 m.p.g. oil, 5000-6000 miles per outer cover, in my case) and in the four years I have made only one insurance claim (for less than 5) which is a testimony to the safety of your controls & designs. The S.S.100 holds the road extraordinarily. It's my great game on a really pot-holed road to open up to 70 m.p.h. or so and feel the machine gallop: and though only a touring machine it will do 90 m.p.h at full throttle.
I'm not a speed merchant, but ride fairly far in the day (occasionally 700 miles, often 500) and at a fair average, for the machine's speed in the open lets one crawl through the towns, & still average 40-42 miles in the hour. The riding position & the slow powerful turn-over of the engine at speeds of 50 odd give one a very restful feeling.
There, it is no good telling you all you knew before I did: they are the jolliest things on wheels.
Yours very sincerely,