The Ex-Bud Ekins,1913 Pope 61ci Model L Twin Engine no. 9011029

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The Ex-Bud Ekins,1913 Pope 61ci Model L Twin
Engine no. 9011029

Sold for US$ 94,300 inc. premium
The Ex-Bud Ekins
1913 Pope 61ci Model L Twin
Engine no. 9011029
Founded in 1876 by Colonel Alfred Pope, the Pope Manufacturing Company began as a bicycle importer and later manufacturer. As the motoring craze began to catch on at the end of the 19th century, Pope raced to ride the wave by introducing an electric car in 1897 and his first motorcycle in 1902. Initially just motorized bicycles, by the early teens, Pope was offering some of the fastest machines money could buy.

Pope branched into twins in 1912 with the 70mph Model L, fitted with the latest technology: 61ci engine with overhead valves on detachable heads—a first for a production road-going motorcycle in the U.S., mechanical oilers to keep everything lubricated, and counterweighted pistons for nearly vibration-free operation. Rated at eight horsepower, but delivering over 15, power was delivered initially via a single speed hub and later by a two-speed countershaft transmission with an Eclipse clutch. The engine sat as a stressed member of the Keystone-type oil-sprung frame with advanced plunger-type rear suspension and front leaf springs.

This Model L was part of the collection of legendary stuntman and motorcycle enthusiast Bud Ekins for a number of years. Restored by Ekins during his ownership, it was one of the last few bikes to leave his collection, the vendor acquired the machine in 1998. In the years since purchasing the bike, further restoration work has been carried out including an engine rebuild, polishing and refreshing the nickel plating on hundreds of pieces, and mechanical refurbishment of cycle parts. Receipts on file total nearly $21,000.

Despite its advanced design and high speed capabilities, Pope would cease production of its motorcycles in 1918. The legend lives on, however, as Popes have always been sought after by collectors with examples finding their way into the collections of Henry Wing Jr., Otis Chandler, Bud Ekins, and Steve McQueen.

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The Ex-Bud Ekins,1913 Pope 61ci Model L Twin Engine no. 9011029
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