Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Henderson 1,301cc De Luxe Four Frame no. 1177 Engine no. D18387C

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Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Henderson 1,301cc De Luxe Four
Registration no. DS 8914 Frame no. 1177 Engine no. D18387C

Sold for £ 44,850 (US$ 61,900) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
1925 Henderson 1,301cc De Luxe Four
Registration no. DS 8914
Frame no. 1177
Engine no. D18387C
One of the most charismatic names in American motorcycling history, Henderson produced nothing but four-cylinder motorcycles in the course of its 19-year existence. Founded by Tom and William Henderson in Detroit in 1912, the firm passed into the control of Chicago-based cycle maker Ignaz Schwinn, owner of Excelsior, in 1917. The Hendersons soon moved on to found the Ace motorcycle company - later taken over by Indian - and thereby had a hand in the design of all the major American-built fours. Although early models featured an unusually lengthy frame extending well forward of the engine, the Henderson, like the contemporary Indian and Harley-Davidson, was an advanced design for its day. Displacing 965cc initially, the air-cooled cylinders were arranged longitudinally in the frame and employed mechanically operated 'F-head' (inlet-over-exhaust) valve gear. There was single-gear transmission but the Henderson outclassed its rivals for convenience by having a clutch and a hand-crank starter instead of pedals. A shorter frame, folding kickstarter and three-speed sliding-gear transmission were all Henderson features by 1917. Introduced for 1920, the Model K benefited from a redesigned 1,301cc sidevalve engine equipped with forced lubrication, a new twin-downtube frame, strengthened front fork and enclosed rear chain. Modifications to the De Luxe (introduced for 1922) mainly concentrated on improvements to the gearbox. Top speed was a guaranteed 80mph, and with the optional alloy pistons installed a De Luxe could touch 100mph, an astonishing performance for the time, and one matched by few contemporary cars.

This example of one of the most desirable of all American motorcycles was imported from Canada in 1988 and first registered to the late owner in April 1991 having been purchased at the Allington Castle auction in April 1990 (catalogue on file). Since then the Henderson has participated in the 'Oude Klepper Glorie' event in Belgium (1993) and the 2014 Banbury Run (see photographs and competitor number on file). We are advised that it benefits from the expert attention of Bill Healing, who rebuilt the engine, and Pete Harber, who was responsible for the paintwork. The machine is offered with a history file containing import paperwork, technical/historical literature, VMCC dating certificate, old/current V5/V5C documents, two MoT certificates (most recent expired 1994) and an instruction manual. A spare wheel hub is included in the sale.
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Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Henderson 1,301cc De Luxe Four Frame no. 1177 Engine no. D18387C
Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Henderson 1,301cc De Luxe Four Frame no. 1177 Engine no. D18387C
Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Henderson 1,301cc De Luxe Four Frame no. 1177 Engine no. D18387C
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