1914 Henderson Model C Four motorcycle sold at Bonhams

A 1914 Henderson 1,068cc Model C Four led Bonhams’ Autumn Stafford Sale of classic motorbikes.

It realised £113,500 ($150,974) in the October 15 auction at the Staffordshire County Showground.

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Henderson was one of the great early American bike marques

Founded in Detroit in 1912, Henderson was one of the great early American bike builders.

Its original owners, brothers Tom and William Henderson, would go on to start Ace motorcycles in 1919 (which was soon acquired by legendary marque Indian).

This Model C Four was delivered new to a buyer in Scotland in the months before the first world war broke out.

Pre-WW1 American bikes proved in high demand, with a 1911 Pierce 688cc achieving £107,900 ($143,525).

It was one of the first motorbikes capable of travelling at speeds comparable to a motor car (up to 60mph).

Over the past 106 years the bike has had just four owners, each of whom has taken exceptionally good care of it. It’s one of the few specimens still in working condition.

 

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