1919 Henderson 70ci Four-Cylinder Board Track Racer

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Lot 122
1919 Henderson 70ci Four-Cylinder Board Track Racer

Sold for US$ 29,900 inc. premium
1919 Henderson 70ci Four-Cylinder Board Track Racer
The Henderson motorcycle began life in Detroit, Michigan in 1912 as a “gentleman’s” motorcycle, a machine for people who appreciated quality in their vehicles and appreciated the elegance of the ride. Hendersons were solely four-cylinder motorcycles and expensive to produce, hence the need to appeal to riders who could afford them. Some five years later, bicycle magnate Ignaz Schwinn was eyeing the market to add a four-cylinder motorcycle to his line of Excelsior V-twins. He had already designed an engine but took the opportunity to purchase the under capitalized Henderson Motorcycle Company. Henderson was moved to Chicago in 1918 where it shared space with Excelsior motorcycles and Schwinn bicycles. By this time, the Henderson was very modern with smooth styling and possessed a sturdy and reliable engine.

This 1919 Henderson is presented as a board track racer and is absolutely stunning. Expertly restored in Excelsior-Henderson’s Olive Green, the workmanship on this motorcycle is excellent. The 70 cubic inch displacement engine produced 14.2 horsepower and transmitted its power through a 3-speed transmission. The Henderson engine used babbit-lined bearing inserts on the crank journals and lower connecting rods. The cylinders are correctly nickel plated and breathe through a correct intake manifold and muffler with shortened exhaust pipe. Handlebars are styled from period controls and mounted upside down as was popular on race bikes in the early days. The motorcycle features both hand shift and hand clutch levers, mounted below the gas tank, on the frame. Ignition is by a Bosch automotive type magneto as used by early Hendersons.

Henderson motorcycles were one of the finest motorcycles ever produced in America, and highly desired and appreciated. Its dazzling appearance and board track allure will hold your fascination for many years to come. Offered on a Bill of Sale.

Without reserve
1919 Henderson 70ci Four-Cylinder Board Track Racer
1919 Henderson 70ci Four-Cylinder Board Track Racer
1919 Henderson 70ci Four-Cylinder Board Track Racer
1919 Henderson 70ci Four-Cylinder Board Track Racer
1919 Henderson 70ci Four-Cylinder Board Track Racer
1919 Henderson 70ci Four-Cylinder Board Track Racer
1919 Henderson 70ci Four-Cylinder Board Track Racer
1919 Henderson 70ci Four-Cylinder Board Track Racer
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