Steve McQueen’s 1931 Brough Superior SS80

Aug 10, 2018

Category: Rides

It’s no secret that legendary movie star Steve McQueen had an affinity for motorcycles; namely, his preferences were for Indians, Husqvarnas, Triumphs, and Brough Superiors. Gooding & Company has on its upcoming auction block an original motorcycle from the King of Cool’s garage. Preserved in excellent condition and up for grabs is a stellar 1931 Brough Superior SS80 that was one of McQueen’s favorite bikes.

Brough Superiors were only produced from 1919 to 1940. In that short 21 year window, just 3048 motorcycles (in 19 models) were manufactured. It just so happens that one of those was owned and ridden by movie star and man’s man Steve McQueen, who cherished the only Brough in his collection. McQueen eventually gave it to his friend Kenneth Howard, AKA the illustrious Von Dutch. Brough has been called “the Rolls Royce of motorcycles,” and for good reason. The rich history evoked by one of the first British road-bikes to exceed 80 mph – and a major name in the moto racing circuit pre-1950 – is enough to make this bike plenty desirable. But when you mix in its relationship to one of the coolest motorcycle riders of all time, it teeters on Holy Grail tier. Sadly, unless you’ve got $175,000 lying around, forget about it.

Purchase: $175,000

More From Rides

Christopher Cloos' Pampelonne Bourbon Glasses Are The Perfect Summer Style

A classic design that'll keep you looking great in the warmer months.

Posted By Chris West

Partner
Featured Image

Overfinch Brings Its Limited-Edition Velocity Range Rover To America

Introducing consumers to one of England's most lauded luxury SUVs.

Posted By

Oct 16, 2019

Featured Image

Auction Block: 1959 Porsche 356A Emory Outlaw Coupe

This magnificent 2.4L flat-four custom classic could be yours.

Posted By

Oct 16, 2019

Featured Image

Auction Block: 1970 Rokon Trail-Breaker Bike

Fully-restored 136cc 2-stroke ready to hit the trails.

Posted By

Oct 16, 2019

Featured Image

Can-Am Unleashes A 6×6 UTV For All Your Backcountry Hauling Needs

Triple-axle utility vehicle built to conquer any terrain.

Posted By

Oct 16, 2019

Featured Image

FJ Company’s Toyota Land Cruiser G43-S Is A Clean Militaristic 4×4

Taking the iconic off-road vehicle back to the field.

Posted By

Oct 16, 2019