Called the Rolls Royce of bikes because of its impeccable finish, the SS80 (Super Sports) was named based on the founder’s assurances that the bike could hit 80mph, thanks to a nearly 1000cc engine.
The first models used a J.A.P. engine, though by 1935 the SS80 started using Matchless V-Twins powerplants. Production ended in 1939, when World War II started. Just over 1,000 of the model were ever built, 460 of which have Matchless engines. Per the seller, just 110 were built in 1937.
This example (VIN: PS1722) has zero miles on a rebuild performed by the current owner after he acquired it in 1988 from a collector in Ojai, California. It’s numbers matching with an optional suspension (as confirmed by an included build sheet from the Brough Superior Club), and the seller includes 70+ photos in the listing – including some from the restoration process.
The seller is a friend of the owner/restorer who notes that “it still shows really well with a high standard of workmanship, but there are chips, imperfections and dullness to areas of the paint especially on the top of the gas tank…this motorcycle runs but has never really been ridden on the street since the restoration. The engine has about an hour of running time. I have personally started this motorcycle. It will need a little fettling to dial it in proper, but everything is in working and running order.” It’s offered on a clean California title.
Find this SS80 for sale in San Diego, California with bidding up to $45,100 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay.