Amelia Concours D’Elegance. 4 Rare Indian Motorcycles To Be Auctioned.

1indianDuring the 2014 Amelia Concours D’Elegance (March 6-9, RM Auctions will offer 4 rare Indian motorcycles during its auction on March 8 at the Ritz Carlton. A 1909 Indian Light Twin, a 1911 Single Board Track Racer, a 1911 Single Road Model and a 1914 “Hendee Special.”

1909 Indian 5-horsepower Light Twin. Engine # 20A352. Seven years after the first production Indian Motorcycle became available to the public, Indian produced the Light Twin, a pocket-valve Twin with mechanical intake valves, Hedstrom carburetor and single-speed transmission. Its loop frame, new for production Indians in 1909, replaced the bicycle-style diamond frame of the company’s first motorcycles and fitted the torpedo-style gas tank underneath the upper frame rail. Loop frames were used previously on Indian racing machines, marking an early example of race technology informing the development of production units. Chain driven, the 1909 Light Twin also comes with a cartridge spring fork and pedal start with rear band-brake. Offered in operational running condition and RM estimates it will fetch between $125,000 and $150,000.

2indian1911 Indian 4-horsepower Single. Engine # 42C491. The 1911 Indian Single up for auction features a 30.5 cubic-inch Hedstrom-type Single, magneto ignition and Hedstrom carburetor. It comes with a single-speed countershaft with chain drive, pedal start, and leaf-spring trailing link fork. The 1911 Single is in original condition and is in fully operational running condition. It comes with its original red paint and a number of authentic accessories such as front-wheel drive speedometer, acetylene-powered headlight and taillight, accessory air pump, leather tool bag and original tool kit. Also included is an original Indian flag that mounts to the handlebars, leather saddlebags and a manual Indian horn. RM Auctions estimates it will sell for between $55,000 and $75,000.

3indian1911 Indian 4-horsepower Single Board-Track Racer. Engine # 40C169. comes with a 30.50 cubic inch pocket-valve Single, Hedstrom carburetor and single-speed chain-drive countershaft with clutch. It features a trailing-link spring fork and pedal-assist band brake as well. According to RM Auctions the “1911 Indian Board-Track Racer presented here is among the most original early racing machines in existence, and it remains in virtually as-raced condition.” It comes with original factory paint, features partial dealer decals on the tank and has the original factory-dropped racing handlebars. All parts, excluding the tires, are original. This selection has been held at the Wheels Through Time Museum in North Carolina and is presented in original running condition. RM Auctions estimates the Board-Track Racer will sell between $75,000 and $100,000.

1914 Indian “Hendee Special” 7-horsepower Twin. Engine # 83F037. This is the first motorcycle equipped with an electric start and the model was produced for less than one year. It features a Hedstrom-type Twin engine, Hedstrom carburetor and two-speed transmission. The 1914 “Hendee Special” also has a multi-place dry clutch, cradle spring frame and leaf-spring trailing link fork. Due to the development state of batteries of the time, the electric start was only operable for a handful of starts before the battery was completely exhausted. Continued battery failures and public upset caused Indian to produce the machines without electric starts from March 1914 onward. The particular selection to be shown by RM Auctions is “among less than a handful of Hendee Specials known to exist today.It’s also in fully operational condition and all components, excluding the tires, are original. Expect to pay between $140,000 and $160,000 at auction. (picture not available, yet)

5 Responses to “Amelia Concours D’Elegance. 4 Rare Indian Motorcycles To Be Auctioned.”

  1. 1 nicker Jan 24th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    “…are original. Expect to pay between $140,000 and $160,000 at auction…”

    They are certainly an interesting look into the history of motorcycling.
    A time when most scooters started out as simple powered bicycles.
    But $140K……… ?????
    I this economy………. ?????
    What’s the business case for that……. ?????


  2. 2 Terence Tory Jan 25th, 2014 at 1:56 am

    You could get a Vincent Black Shadow for around half the price of these old motorised bicycles.You could ride it at speed with modern bikes on long rides.

    Dusty old bikes are cool to look at,but not at these prices.It’s not investment,just speculation.

    Maybe I should have picked up that big ol’ pile of rusty old Indian junk that I could have got for nothing years ago.Maybe not.

  3. 3 Chris Woolley Jan 25th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    With the huge prices auction houses are getting these days for both cars and motorcycles, and considering today’s economy, one has to wonder if we are seeing the after effects of the government financial bailout.

  4. 4 John E Adams Jan 26th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    They always have some wonderful bikes at both the Auction and the Concours on Sunday, well worth a visit if you are in the are for Bike Week. As far as cars – always off the scale – looking forward to a spectacular Mclarens this year -;0)

  5. 5 carl M Jan 31st, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    you and i can speculate what we think these rare bikes are worth but the price will be whatever someone decides to pay!
    Logic need not apply!
    Two rich folks will fight over it and the last one can take it home and therby determine its value at that place and point in time!

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