Lawrence of Arabia's motorcycle makes French comeback

Brough motorcycles, favourites of the writer, spy and gentleman adventurer T.E. Lawrence, are making a comeback — not in their former home in England, but deep in the southwest of France. Production of Brough bikes, of which the historic figure known as “Lawrence of Arabia” owned seven, ended in 1940 when the factory in Nottingham was requisitioned for Britain’s war effort. Manufacture didn’t resume after the war, but the bike’s memory was kept alive over the decades by diehard — and flush — fans, with prices for the bikes sometimes reaching $600,000 at auction. In the meantime the motorcyc…

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