this year four models in production,
38 SS100s left the works in 1927,at £165 for the Pendine model
they were out of reach for most people. Only the very rich could
contemplate spending this sort of money on a motorcycle even though
it offered performance that surpassed almost anything else on the
road. Most were equipped with the KTOR engine but a few were fitted
with the long stroke JTOR racing engine. Castle forks were by 1927
the standard fitting for the whole range apart from the ‘down
market’ 5/15 680 side valve.
OHV 680 was the sensation of 1927. The miniature SS100 was available
at approximately two thirds the price of it’s big brother
96 guineas,( I guinea was £1. 1shilling) . It looked the
part and sold 144 in the first full year of production.
many of the proud new owners tried to wring SS100 performance from
the OHV680 and mechanical problems followed. The OHV 680 engine
has a basic design weakness at the base of the cylinders that shows
itself as a catastrophic detachment of the cylinder barrel from
The 750 Side valve model had been announced and was probably shown at the Motorcycle show late in 1927 . Orders for this bike would have been taken but it is not thought that any were delivered
As well as the four production bikes there were other bikes made in 1927 that attracted the publicity that the Brough works thrived on.
bike was the unique 500cc single. This was built by George Brough
to satisfy one of his customers against his better judgement. The
bike was a fairly standard OHV 680 fitted with a 500cc racing JAP
engine. This bike survives having been left for 40 years in a hedge
at the side of the road following a fatal crash.