'Probably the most unorthodox motorcycle ever made' rolls into Paris

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2015-06-26 12:13:09

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'Probably the most unorthodox motorcycle ever made' rolls into Paris

Bonhams is preparing to sell the rare and radial engined Megola motorcycle at its February auction

Headlining the motorcycles consigned to Bonhams' first sale at the Grand Palais, Paris, on February 5is a rare, radial-engined Megola.

Powered by a 640cc five-cylinder engine built into the front wheel, the Megola was described by motorcycling historian Erwin Tragatsch as "probably the most unorthodox motorcycle ever made on a commercial basis".

Only some 2,000-or-so were produced in Germany between 1921 and 1925, and today the few survivors are highly prized by collectors.

The radial-engined Megola, of which onlysome 2,000 were made

The example on offer was restored circa1990, has been tested byLa Vie de la Motomagazine and shown at theSalon Moto Lgende. It is estimated to sell for 145,000-200,000.

Ben Walker, Head of Motorcycles at Bonhams comments, "It is wonderful to be offering such a fine selection of motorcycles at Paris' premier venue.

"It will be particularly interesting to see what price the rare Megola fetches."

Watch this space for upcoming news on the sale.

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