Motorcycles

Legendary Excelsior-Henderson motorcycle brand & IP for sale

Legendary Excelsior-Henderson ...
A crated 1999 Excelsior-Henderson Super X
A crated 1999 Excelsior-Henderson Super X
View 14 Images
The logo of the Excelsior-Henderson company which is going to auction
1/14
The logo of the Excelsior-Henderson company which is going to auction
A century-old advert for Excelsior's Model 15-3 v-twin 
2/14
A century-old advert for Excelsior's Model 15-3 v-twin 
This completely original, unrestored 1912 Henderson Four set a world record for a Henderson motorcycle earlier this year when it fetched $539,000 at Mecum's Las Vegas January auctions. The 57 cubic inch (934 cc) F-head four-cylinder Henderson sold with its original paint and original tires.
3/14
This completely original, unrestored 1912 Henderson Four set a world record for a Henderson motorcycle earlier this year when it fetched $539,000 at Mecum's Las Vegas January auctions. The 57 cubic inch (934 cc) F-head four-cylinder Henderson sold with its original paint and original tires.
Excelsior has one of the most distinctive and revered logos in motorcycle history
4/14
Excelsior has one of the most distinctive and revered logos in motorcycle history
The most important celebrity owner for motorcycle enthusiasts is of course, Steve McQueen and this 1917 Henderson 4 was formerly owned by mcQueen and purchased at the Steve McQueen estate auction in Las Vegas in 1984. It sold for $209,000 at the EJ Cole Collection auction in 2015
5/14
The most important celebrity owner for motorcycle enthusiasts is of course, Steve McQueen and this 1917 Henderson 4 was formerly owned by mcQueen and purchased at the Steve McQueen estate auction in Las Vegas in 1984. It sold for $209,000 at the EJ Cole Collection auction in 2015
The most important celebrity owner for motorcycle enthusiasts is of course, Steve McQueen and this 1917 Henderson 4 was formerly owned by mcQueen and purchased at the Steve McQueen estate auction in Las Vegas in 1984. It sold for $209,000 at the EJ Cole Collection auction in 2015
6/14
The most important celebrity owner for motorcycle enthusiasts is of course, Steve McQueen and this 1917 Henderson 4 was formerly owned by mcQueen and purchased at the Steve McQueen estate auction in Las Vegas in 1984. It sold for $209,000 at the EJ Cole Collection auction in 2015
This ultra-rare first-year 1912 Henderson 4 is believed to be one of six surviving machines. An older restoration, the bike was purchased from Cape Town, South Africa in 1983 and thirty years later, it became one of the 50 most valuable motorcycles ever sold when it fetched $236,500.
7/14
This ultra-rare first-year 1912 Henderson 4 is believed to be one of six surviving machines. An older restoration, the bike was purchased from Cape Town, South Africa in 1983 and thirty years later, it became one of the 50 most valuable motorcycles ever sold when it fetched $236,500.
This 1928 Excelsior factory hillclimb machine of which only a handful were ever built. The bike was "bleeding edge" racing exotica when it was created using the Super X crankcase with a pair of racing cylinders from Excelsior’s 30.5 cu-in. single-cylinder half-mile dirt track engines. Estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $200,000, it sold for $143,000.
8/14
This 1928 Excelsior factory hillclimb machine of which only a handful were ever built. The bike was "bleeding edge" racing exotica when it was created using the Super X crankcase with a pair of racing cylinders from Excelsior’s 30.5 cu-in. single-cylinder half-mile dirt track engines. Estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $200,000, it sold for $143,000.
This completely original, unrestored 1912 Four set a world record for a Henderson earlier this year when it fetched $539,000 at Mecum's Las Vegas January auctions. The 57 cubic inch (934 cc) F-head four-cylinder Henderson sold with its original paint and original tires.
9/14
This completely original, unrestored 1912 Four set a world record for a Henderson earlier this year when it fetched $539,000 at Mecum's Las Vegas January auctions. The 57 cubic inch (934 cc) F-head four-cylinder Henderson sold with its original paint and original tires.
The Mission Statement of the Excelsior-Henderson company, which is going to auction
10/14
The Mission Statement of the Excelsior-Henderson company, which is going to auction
A crated 1999 Excelsior-Henderson Super X
11/14
A crated 1999 Excelsior-Henderson Super X
Excelsior and Henderson memorabilia is very popular, and sells at a premium at elite motorcycle auctions
12/14
Excelsior and Henderson memorabilia is very popular, and sells at a premium at elite motorcycle auctions
The Super-X is Excelsior-Henderson's most recent production model, the Super X, commenced production in early 1999. The Super X was a completely new motorcycle with a new engine and frame, and all rights related to the production of the Super-X are believed to be included in the sale (more details to be announced).
13/14
The Super-X is Excelsior-Henderson's most recent production model, the Super X, commenced production in early 1999. The Super X was a completely new motorcycle with a new engine and frame, and all rights related to the production of the Super-X are believed to be included in the sale (more details to be announced).
Indian Motorcycles recently returned to professional flat track racing after more than 60 years away from the sport, sweeping the 2017 American Flat Track Championship and powering Jared Mees to the 2017 AMA Grand National Championship. With numerous promotional racing efforts underway across the globe, the Indian motorcycle profile looks to have been restored to its glory years and the company looks to have now built the momentum required for long term profitability.
14/14
Indian Motorcycles recently returned to professional flat track racing after more than 60 years away from the sport, sweeping the 2017 American Flat Track Championship and powering Jared Mees to the 2017 AMA Grand National Championship. With numerous promotional racing efforts underway across the globe, the Indian motorcycle profile looks to have been restored to its glory years and the company looks to have now built the momentum required for long term profitability.

One of the legendary American motorcycle marques will go to auction in January 2018 when the Excelsior-Henderson brand name and all its trademarks, web domains, motorcycle designs and expired patents will be sold as one lot.

The Excelsior-Henderson Intellectual Property sale will be the highlight of the 27th annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction at the South Point Hotel and Casino from January 23 to 27, with the premier lot going to auction on Saturday, January 27.

The sale comes at an interesting juncture in the history of the motorcycle, with the recent Future Market Insights (FMI) Report on the Global Motorcycle Industry forecasting that the world motorcycle market would grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.6 percent from 2017 to 2027.

The FMI report sees a bright future for motorcycles in the next decade due to growing urban congestion and the advantages of the motorcycle as a convenient and cost-efficient means of urban transport.

With particular reference to the logical market segment for any future Excelsior-Henderson motorcycles, the FMI report forecast that the cruiser motorcycle segment was expected to grow by 47 percent during the next decade and makes specific mention that the rise of "motorcycling clubs of cruiser motorcycles symbolized by the iconic American giant Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles has spurred the growth of the global conventional motorcycles market."

This completely original, unrestored 1912 Four set a world record for a Henderson earlier this year when it fetched $539,000 at Mecum's Las Vegas January auctions. The 57 cubic inch (934 cc) F-head four-cylinder Henderson sold with its original paint and original tires.
This completely original, unrestored 1912 Four set a world record for a Henderson earlier this year when it fetched $539,000 at Mecum's Las Vegas January auctions. The 57 cubic inch (934 cc) F-head four-cylinder Henderson sold with its original paint and original tires.

With India, China and to a lesser extent Indonesia now the main drivers of growth in world two-wheeled sales, and both markets thirsty for brands with a strong heritage, there is every likelihood that the name that was once a pillar of America's "Big 3" motorcycle manufacturers (Excelsior-Henderson, Harley-Davidson and Indian), may be sold overseas.

Our recent feature article on the Indian motorcycle marketplace highlighted the identifiable trend towards heritage brands, and how Royal Enfield (established 1901) now dominates global motorcycle sales for motorcycles over 250 cc.

Royal Enfield's success and status as one of the world's oldest motorcycle marques is the main reason that other long standing brand names have all partnered with, or been acquired by an Indian motorcycle maker in the last few years: Peugeot (since 1901), Triumph (since 1902), BSA (since 1903) and Husqvarna (since 1903) being the main ones.

A century-old advert for Excelsior's Model 15-3 v-twin 
A century-old advert for Excelsior's Model 15-3 v-twin 

Excelsior-Henderson is the amalgamation of two original brands that were founded in 1912 and 1907 respectively, and became one of the symbols of America's manufacturing and engineering prowess during the Roaring Twenties before becoming a victim of the Great Depression and closing shop in 1933.

The Excelsior-Henderson name was resurrected in 1993 with $100 million invested and around 2000 motorcycles produced in 1997 and 1998, before the company failed to secure additional investment in 1999 and was partially sold off.

The Super-X is Excelsior-Henderson's most recent production model, the Super X, commenced production in early 1999. The Super X was a completely new motorcycle with a new engine and frame, and all rights related to the production of the Super-X are believed to be included in the sale (more details to be announced).
The Super-X is Excelsior-Henderson's most recent production model, the Super X, commenced production in early 1999. The Super X was a completely new motorcycle with a new engine and frame, and all rights related to the production of the Super-X are believed to be included in the sale (more details to be announced).

Whilst Harley-Davidson production has endured continuously since it was founded in 1903, the third member of the "Big 3", Indian, has had an even more tumultuous history since the original company closed shop in 1953, with no less than eight attempts to revive the brand before its current owner, Polaris Industries, gave the name the corporate substance and support it needed for a full resuscitation.

Indian Motorcycles recently returned to professional flat track racing after more than 60 years away from the sport, sweeping the 2017 American Flat Track Championship and powering Jared Mees to the 2017 AMA Grand National Championship. With numerous promotional racing efforts underway across the globe, the Indian motorcycle profile looks to have been restored to its glory years and the company looks to have now built the momentum required for long term profitability.
Indian Motorcycles recently returned to professional flat track racing after more than 60 years away from the sport, sweeping the 2017 American Flat Track Championship and powering Jared Mees to the 2017 AMA Grand National Championship. With numerous promotional racing efforts underway across the globe, the Indian motorcycle profile looks to have been restored to its glory years and the company looks to have now built the momentum required for long term profitability.

Indian Motorcycles recently returned to professional flat track racing after more than 60 years away from the sport, sweeping the 2017 American Flat Track Championship and powering Jared Mees to the 2017 AMA Grand National Championship. With numerous promotional racing efforts underway across the globe, the Indian motorcycle profile looks to have been restored to its glory years and the company looks to have now built the momentum required for long term profitability.

The Mission Statement of the Excelsior-Henderson company, which is going to auction
The Mission Statement of the Excelsior-Henderson company, which is going to auction

The immediate future of Excelsior-Henderson is now set, and it will be sold in a very public spectacle, streamed live on the internet from Las Vegas on January 27, 2018.

1 comment
Buellrider
I hope some deep pocketed entity brings Excelsior Henderson back from the dead. I still have a E-H logoed handkerchief and set of 4 EH logoed cup coasters from the 1993 attempt to resurrect the brand. EH at that time didn't appear to have the necessary money to make a success of their try. I saw the bike at Sturgis and the springs on the front suspension rattled all over the place and the engine was to close to a Harley engine to set it apart. Better luck to the next owners of that short lived but beautiful motorcycle brand.