Historic motorcycle collection up for auction

Private museum collection comes to auction

THE motorcycle collection from the prominent American family Du Pont has come to auction with nearly 50 motorcycles spanning 70 years offered.

Du Pont is a name synonymous with a chemical empire, a luxury automobile manufacturer, and Indian motorcycle. Having originally invested in America's first motorcycle manufacturer before taking over the ailing company in 1929.

Highlights of the collection, that include numerous Indian models; are a completely untouched, original condition circa 1903 Indian Camelback (£40,000 - £50,000), a 1908 Indian Camelback with an early restoration by the Indian factory, a circa 1915 Indian Twin Board Track Racer acquired in the 1950s and what is believed to be the last Indian Chief supplied to a dealer, amongst others.

Additionally, there are some notable British motorcycles are included such as a 1951 Vincent Black Shadow (£30,000 - £40,000) with just 3,000-odd miles from new and a believed ex-Francis Beart 1959 Norton Manx, as well as numerous Triumph models.

Overall, the Du Pont family collection includes the following marques from America, Europe and Japan: BSA, Ducati, Gilera, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Merkel, Ner-A-Car, Norton, Peugeot, Pope, Scott, Simplex, Stephens, Suzuki, Triumph, Vincent and Yamaha.

The Du Pont Museum Collection will be offered at the second annual Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale on January 12th.

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