Brough Superior - Golden Dream
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Brough Superior D2-492-06-14
Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 1000
Model : Golden Dream
Production : 1938 - 1938
Category : (R) Street Bike


1000cc FA2 Golden Dream -1938

The ultimate vision

In his constant search for perfection, George Brough frequently sought to replace the 1000cc ]AP V-twin power units traditionally fitted in his Brough Superiors with more refined multicylinders. It all began in 1927 with a transverse l000cc V4 prototype whose layout was remarkably similar to the modern Honda Pan-European.

Four Cylinders In-Line

In 1928, Brough unveiled a straight four designed in conjunction with the Swiss firm MAG. One of the few private owners to take delivery was T. E. Lawrence- Lawrence of Arabia! An 800cc Austin-engined four followed in 1931, but it wasn't until1938 that George Brough achieved his ambition with the "Golden Dream," designed by a former ]AP engineer.

"H-4" Engine Layout

Its transverse "H-4" engine was effectively two superimposed flat-twins with coupled crankshafts; it was complex but compact and well-cooled. The crankshaft eliminated the characteristic "period" associated with flattwins. To get the cylinders in perfect alignment, Brough used forked connecting rods. The oversquare engine was in one

piece with the transmission. Sadly, only four or five "Golden Dreams" were built beforethe outbreak of war brought an end to Brough Superior production forever.


Engine: 997cc 4 cylinder four-stroke

Valves: overhead valves

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 3-speecl foot-selected

Suspension: (front) Castle leading link; (rear) plungers

Brakes: 8 in drum front; 8.7 in drum rear

Wheels: wire, 3.50x19 front; 4.00x19 rear


The sensation of the 1938 London Motor Cycle Show, this example- one of two surviving Golden Dreams - is today a star exhibit at Britain's National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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  • Original cards on paper (in french)
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