Saturday, July 9, 2016

Expensive Motorcycles Sold at Auction

"Captain America" Harley-Davidson Panhead from "Easy Rider".
The red, white and blue stars-and-stripes panhead chopper was designed and built by Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy, based on design suggestions from Fonda.

It sold on October 18, 2015 for $1.35 million.
1910 Winchester 6 HP. US$580,000 August, 2013. Auburn, U.S.

1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer. US$551,200. July, 2008
Pebble Beach, U.S.
1939 BMW RS255 Kompressor. US$480,000. January 2013
Las Vegas, U.S.

1922 Brough Superior SS80. US$463,847 (sold for £291,200)
October, 2012. Duxford, England
1926 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports.
US$452,234 (sold for £280,800) October, 2012.
Battersea, U.K.

1939 Brough Superior SS100. US$425,943 (sold for £253,500)
April, 2014, Stafford, U.K.

1958 Ariel 650 Cyclone. US$450,000. October, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

The bike is the limited edition 1958 Ariel Cyclone 650 which 1950s musical sensation Buddy Holly bought from Ray Miller's Triumph and Ariel dealership in Dallas, Texas on May 13, 1958. The Crickets had just played a gig in Dallas and the three young and newly successful musicians (Holly, Joe Maudlin, and Jerry Allison) decided on a whim to cancel their flights and buy motorcycles for the 350 mile trip home.

Bass player Joe Maudlin bought a Triumph Thunderbird, drummer Jerry Allison chose a Triumph Trophy and Holly bought the limited-edition black and red Ariel Cyclone 650cc – one of only 174 built.

1940 Crocker "Big Tank" twin. US$302,000 August, 2012
One of the rarest of all American motorcycles, roughly one hundred Crocker V-twins were produced between 1936 and 1942 when the war effort saw the company turn its attention to making aircraft parts.
1937 Crocker "Small Tank" twin. US$302,000 August, 2012