Rare Crocker motorcycles headline Bonhams auction



2015-06-26 10:45:20

Rare Crocker motorcycles headline Bonhams auction

12 Jun 2012, 12:06 GMT+01

A forthcoming Bonhams sale will offer the cream of iconic American motorcycles, during the World-famous Pebble Beach Car Week in California.

Close to 60 vehicles from U.S manufacturers such as Indian, Harley-Davidson, Cleveland, Henderson and Excelsior, along with classic European models from Triumph, Ariel and Nimbus, will appear in the sale scheduled for August 16.

The undoubted highlights will be three exceptionally rare motorcycles from the legendary American company Crocker, whose custom hand-built machines are some of the world’s valuable.

Established in 1936 by Al Crocker, the company’s production was halted with the outbreak of World War II meaning around only 125 examples were ever built. Just 50 are currently documented, and in recent years they have become amongst the most sought-after motorcycles in the world.

"Having three documented Crockers in one sale is very momentous," said Malcolm Barber, CEO of Bonhams Group. "Very seldom does a Crocker ever come up for sale, so this is an extremely unique opportunity for collectors and one we are privileged to present."

They will be sold alongside the renowned collection of Eddie Rickenbacker’s, the San Francisco bar and restaurant famed for its unusual decor.

Established in 1986 by Norman Hobday (A.K.A Henry Africa, inventor of both the ‘fern bar’ and the Lemon Drop Martini), the bar featured a spectacular collection of both original Tiffany lamps and vintage motorcycles, both displayed hung from the celing.

Hobday built the collection to feature 30 machines from both important American and European manufacturers, and turned the establishment into a popular San Francisco landmark. The eccentric bar owner, who also lived in the bar, passed away in 2011 and the unique collection is set to be sold by Bonhams.

The two-day sale runs from August 16 – 17, with motorcycles featured on the Thursday and classic cars on the Friday.


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