1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B Engine no. T0 1090

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1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B
Engine no. T0 1090

Sold for US$ 40,250 inc. premium
1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B

Engine no. T0 1090

• In current ownership for 42 years
• Late-production example

Motorcyclists often hear jokes comparing a Harley-Davidson to a vacuum cleaner, but here is a real motorcycle with direct ties to a vacuum cleaner. Denmark's partnership of Fisker and Nielsen produced electric motors back in 1906 and in 1910 introduced the first electric vacuum cleaner in Europe. Later, Fisker became enamored with the idea of motorcycles and built a few machines in 1918 and 1919 with mass production beginning in 1920.

The name Nimbus was chosen as riding the bike was akin to riding on a cloud. The motorcycle's engine was an inlet over exhaust, four cylinders with a displacement of 746cc. It produced about 10 horsepower achieving a speed of approximately 53 mph and had exposed valve springs on top of the motor. The transmission was a 3-speed hand shift gear box with a multi plate wet clutch. Final drive was by a direct drive shaft to the rear wheel. The odd looking little machine was called the "Kakkelovnsrør" or Stovepipe due to its cylindrical gas tank being part of the unique flat strap frame. Front suspension was handled by leading link forks. A step starter was designed into the right hand engine case. Unfortunately, the motorcycle market was depressed in the 1920's and a heavy sales tax on motorcycles was levied, forcing the company to suspend production in 1926 after only 1252 machines were produced. Production didn't resume until the 1930's and continued until 1959 when cheap cars like the Volkswagen began to rule the roads in Europe.

This beautiful Nimbus from 1926, the last year of the company's initial production has been owned by one collector for 42 years and faithfully maintained. The finish is as good as a fresh restoration. It has been ridden to events over the years within 120 miles of the owner's home and has won many vintage awards, including at the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Club events. This is a beautiful example of a finely operating and very rare, early Nimbus, ready for the enjoyment of a new owner.

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  • Please note that this machine's frame number is 1090.
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1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B Engine no. T0 1090
1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B Engine no. T0 1090
1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B Engine no. T0 1090
1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B Engine no. T0 1090
1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B Engine no. T0 1090
1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B Engine no. T0 1090
1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B Engine no. T0 1090
1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B Engine no. T0 1090
1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B Engine no. T0 1090
1926 Nimbus 746cc Model B Engine no. T0 1090
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