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World Records galore at E.J. Cole Collection Motorcycle Auction

World Records galore at E.J. C...
The four biggest sales at the EJ Cole auction were from top left clockwise: a 1907 Harley-Davidson "Strap Tank" for $715,000; a world record $852,500 for the 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer; $423,500 for a 1911 Flying Merkel Board Track Racer and $385,000 for a 1942 Crocker. (Photos: Somer Hooker)
The four biggest sales at the EJ Cole auction were from top left clockwise: a 1907 Harley-Davidson "Strap Tank" for $715,000; a world record $852,500 for the 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer; $423,500 for a 1911 Flying Merkel Board Track Racer and $385,000 for a 1942 Crocker. (Photos: Somer Hooker)
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Watching the Cyclone formerly owned by Steve McQueen race to a world record on the internet was exciting, even if the action was so fast that toilet breaks were out of the question. The Mecum interface sadly doesn't reflect the current bid, but rather the asking price for the next bid, so it's sometimes difficult to follow.
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Watching the Cyclone formerly owned by Steve McQueen race to a world record on the internet was exciting, even if the action was so fast that toilet breaks were out of the question. The Mecum interface sadly doesn't reflect the current bid, but rather the asking price for the next bid, so it's sometimes difficult to follow.
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The precursor to the famous Crocker v-twin, Albert Crocker built just 31 speedway bikes before turning his hand to the bikes which made him a global name. This is one of them, and not surprisingly, they don't appear at auction very often. MidAmerica sold the last one to appear at auction in Las Vegas in 2011 for $151,200. This 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer (Lot S73) was estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $180,000 and sold for $159,500.
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The precursor to the famous Crocker v-twin, Albert Crocker built just 31 speedway bikes before turning his hand to the bikes which made him a global name. This is one of them, and not surprisingly, they don't appear at auction very often. MidAmerica sold the last one to appear at auction in Las Vegas in 2011 for $151,200. This 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer (Lot S73) was estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $180,000 and sold for $159,500.
The precursor to the famous Crocker v-twin, Albert Crocker built just 31 speedway bikes before turning his hand to the bikes which made him a global name. This is one of them, and not surprisingly, they don't appear at auction very often. MidAmerica sold the last one to appear at auction in Las Vegas in 2011 for $151,200. This 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer (Lot S73) was estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $180,000 and sold for $159,500.
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The precursor to the famous Crocker v-twin, Albert Crocker built just 31 speedway bikes before turning his hand to the bikes which made him a global name. This is one of them, and not surprisingly, they don't appear at auction very often. MidAmerica sold the last one to appear at auction in Las Vegas in 2011 for $151,200. This 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer (Lot S73) was estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $180,000 and sold for $159,500.
The precursor to the famous Crocker v-twin, Albert Crocker built just 31 speedway bikes before turning his hand to the bikes which made him a global name. This is one of them, and not surprisingly, they don't appear at auction very often. MidAmerica sold the last one to appear at auction in Las Vegas in 2011 for $151,200. This 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer (Lot S73) was estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $180,000 and sold for $159,500.
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The precursor to the famous Crocker v-twin, Albert Crocker built just 31 speedway bikes before turning his hand to the bikes which made him a global name. This is one of them, and not surprisingly, they don't appear at auction very often. MidAmerica sold the last one to appear at auction in Las Vegas in 2011 for $151,200. This 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer (Lot S73) was estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $180,000 and sold for $159,500.
The precursor to the famous Crocker v-twin, Albert Crocker built just 31 speedway bikes before turning his hand to the bikes which made him a global name. This is one of them, and not surprisingly, they don't appear at auction very often. MidAmerica sold the last one to appear at auction in Las Vegas in 2011 for $151,200. This 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer (Lot S73) was estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $180,000 and sold for $159,500.
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The precursor to the famous Crocker v-twin, Albert Crocker built just 31 speedway bikes before turning his hand to the bikes which made him a global name. This is one of them, and not surprisingly, they don't appear at auction very often. MidAmerica sold the last one to appear at auction in Las Vegas in 2011 for $151,200. This 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer (Lot S73) was estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $180,000 and sold for $159,500.
The precursor to the famous Crocker v-twin, Albert Crocker built just 31 speedway bikes before turning his hand to the bikes which made him a global name. This is one of them, and not surprisingly, they don't appear at auction very often. MidAmerica sold the last one to appear at auction in Las Vegas in 2011 for $151,200. This 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer (Lot S73) was estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $180,000 and sold for $159,500.
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The precursor to the famous Crocker v-twin, Albert Crocker built just 31 speedway bikes before turning his hand to the bikes which made him a global name. This is one of them, and not surprisingly, they don't appear at auction very often. MidAmerica sold the last one to appear at auction in Las Vegas in 2011 for $151,200. This 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer (Lot S73) was estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $180,000 and sold for $159,500.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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Estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $150,000, this 1915 Militaire Four sold for $165,000. Now very collectible and extremely rare, the "two-wheeled car" features outrigger wheels which are operated by lever for low speeds, center-hub steering and wooden wheels.
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In stunningly original, as-raced condition, the 1911 Flying Merkel Board Track Racer set a new record for the marque with a hammer price of $385,000 and a total buy-price of $423,500 including buyer's commissions.
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In stunningly original, as-raced condition, the 1911 Flying Merkel Board Track Racer set a new record for the marque with a hammer price of $385,000 and a total buy-price of $423,500 including buyer's commissions.
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Dubbed the "Mona Lisa of Harley-Davidsons" by Mecum MidAmerica's independent on-stage vintage bike authority Paul D'Orleans, the incredibly original 1907 Strap Tank set a new record for both the marque and the model.
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Dubbed the "Mona Lisa of Harley-Davidsons" by Mecum MidAmerica's independent on-stage vintage bike authority Paul D'Orleans, the incredibly original 1907 Strap Tank set a new record for both the marque and the model.
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This 1942 Crocker V Twin was estimated to fetch between $300,000 to $350,000 and it went above estimate for a total price of $385,000, setting a new record for the marque. At Pebble Beach in 2012, Bonhams sold three in consecutive lots at its Quail Lodge sale - a 1937 model which fetched $291,000, then a 1937 Small Tank for $302,000, and then a 1940 Big Tank also sold for $302,000. RM Auctions sold a 1939 Big Tank model in June, 2008 for $302,500, MidAmerica sold a 1941 Big Tank model in Las Vegas in January, 2007 and Bonhams & Butterfield sold a 1937 Crocker "Hemi-Head" for $276,500 at the Silverman Museum auction in November, 2006.
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This 1942 Crocker V Twin was estimated to fetch between $300,000 to $350,000 and it went above estimate for a total price of $385,000, setting a new record for the marque. At Pebble Beach in 2012, Bonhams sold three in consecutive lots at its Quail Lodge sale - a 1937 model which fetched $291,000, then a 1937 Small Tank for $302,000, and then a 1940 Big Tank also sold for $302,000. RM Auctions sold a 1939 Big Tank model in June, 2008 for $302,500, MidAmerica sold a 1941 Big Tank model in Las Vegas in January, 2007 and Bonhams & Butterfield sold a 1937 Crocker "Hemi-Head" for $276,500 at the Silverman Museum auction in November, 2006.
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This 1928 Indian Altoona hillclimber is an original machine in as-raced condition and bears a legendary name, with a board track speed record which will never be broken.
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This 1928 Indian Altoona hillclimber is an original machine in as-raced condition and bears a legendary name, with a board track speed record which will never be broken.
This 1912 Harley-Davidson Model 8A is a very rare and very early twin-cylinder model with a belt drive and idler wheel, enabling it to be stopped with the engine still running. It was restored from a complete and original machine and estimated to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. It became one of the surprises of the collection auction, fetching $236,000.
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This 1912 Harley-Davidson Model 8A is a very rare and very early twin-cylinder model with a belt drive and idler wheel, enabling it to be stopped with the engine still running. It was restored from a complete and original machine and estimated to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. It became one of the surprises of the collection auction, fetching $236,000.
This 1912 Harley-Davidson Model 8A is a very rare and very early twin-cylinder model with a belt drive and idler wheel, enabling it to be stopped with the engine still running. It was restored from a complete and original machine and estimated to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. It became one of the surprises of the collection auction, fetching $236,000.
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This 1912 Harley-Davidson Model 8A is a very rare and very early twin-cylinder model with a belt drive and idler wheel, enabling it to be stopped with the engine still running. It was restored from a complete and original machine and estimated to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. It became one of the surprises of the collection auction, fetching $236,000.
This 1912 Harley-Davidson Model 8A is a very rare and very early twin-cylinder model with a belt drive and idler wheel, enabling it to be stopped with the engine still running. It was restored from a complete and original machine and estimated to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. It became one of the surprises of the collection auction, fetching $236,000.
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This 1912 Harley-Davidson Model 8A is a very rare and very early twin-cylinder model with a belt drive and idler wheel, enabling it to be stopped with the engine still running. It was restored from a complete and original machine and estimated to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. It became one of the surprises of the collection auction, fetching $236,000.