1912 Henderson Motorcycle Sold At Mecum Las Vegas Auction For Nearly Half A Million Dollars

Feb 05, 2017 10:11 AM EST | Carl Anthony Teves

The world's biggest collectible and vintage bike sell off assembly last Thursday in Las Vegas, as the first hammers fall on the 26th annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction. The four-day deal is probably going to be a record-setter. A year ago's three-day occasion, which saw an 80% offer through rate on the 646 bicycles offered, produced $9 million in complete deals. The current year's offerings add up to more than 1,000 bicycles.

The top seller was an uncommon, unrestored 1912 Henderson Four old fashioned cruiser, which went for $490,000, adding the purchaser and vendor charges. This unrestored model was made in the primary year of Henderson's presence and still has its first paint and tires.

Its four barrels were orchestrated in succession and set longitudinally in the casing, which just looks quite a lot more intriguing than advanced transverse-mounted fours, notwithstanding speaking to a bundling advantage. The four barrels add up to 934 ccs, or 57 cubic inches, with bay over-fumes valves and a solitary speed chain drive. The fuel tank is a long, tube-shaped tube through from the highest point of the edge.

A Mecum catalog description reads: "It was a beautiful and elegant machine, wonderfully constructed, very fast and expensive at $325." In its time, it was famously known as "The Duesenberg of motorcycles."

Three different Hendersons bikes made it to the list of top-10 sellers at the event: a 1913 Henderson Four, 1913 Henderson 4-Cylinder Deluxe and a 1931 Henderson Four. Those three fours sold for $150,000, $127,500 and $95,000, individually.

A 1941 Indian Four likewise made the top 10, pounding for $90,000. Other huge sellers include a 1928 Excelsior Big Bertha Hillclimber that was priced for $117,500, 1949 Vincent Black Shadow for $110K, 1923 Indian Chief Princess with a sidecar for an even hundred thousand, 1914 Flanders Model D Twin for 95 huge and a 1929 Cleveland Tornado at $91,000.

European bikes didn't do well. The profoundly expected Guy Webster Italian collection, canvassed here in a before story, failed to meet expectations.

Furthermore, three vintage MV Agusta bikes went for a normal of $30,000 each, and two FB Mondial race bikes sold for somewhat more than that, a couple of uncommon Ceccato Grand Prix cruisers neglected to achieve their hold costs and were not sold. Mecum announced that it will be auctioning again on June 1-3 at South Point with 750 motorcycles for sale.


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