1925 Henderson Four Frame no. D10660A
Lot 301
1925 Henderson Four Frame no. D10660A Engine no. 3781144
Sold for US$ 51,750 inc. premium
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1925 Henderson Four Frame no. D10660A 1925 Henderson Four Frame no. D10660A 1925 Henderson Four Frame no. D10660A 1925 Henderson Four Frame no. D10660A
Lot Details
1925 Henderson Four
Frame no. D10660A
Engine no. 3781144
How's this for irony? The fast four-cylinder Henderson was a favorite of speed demons and officers of the law who chased after them! After Ignaz Schwinn purchased the company in 1917, upgrades and improvements were constant, and wheelbase shrank to a more sporting 58 inches. In 1920 came a complete redesign, the Model K, now with an 80ci (1300cc) engine, the first motorcycle powerplant to employ a full-pressure lubrication system.

More and more police departments nationwide were ordering Hendersons. The smoothness of the four-cylinder was a sales point, as was its flexibility – a Henderson could be lugged down to below 10 mph in top gear then smoothly accelerate away. But it was the bike's outright speed that sealed the deal. A favorite fleet-sales technique was to have a PD's assembled brass stand on a closed-down stretch of highway while a Henderson flashed by at 100 mph. Point made: Nothing on the road could outrun a Henderson Four.

Purchased some ten years ago, this nicely restored '25 Henderson took pride of place in the Hobday collection.

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