c.1919 Henderson 1,147cc Model 2 Z Four Engine no. 2Z 6315

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Lot 223
c.1919 Henderson 1,147cc Model 2 Z Four
Registration no. DN 3175 Engine no. 2Z 6315

Sold for £ 48,300 (US$ 60,805) inc. premium
c.1919 Henderson 1,147cc Model 2 Z Four
Registration no. DN 3175
Engine no. 2Z 6315
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 November 1917.

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 larger engine, shorter frame, folding kickstarter, and three-speed sliding-gear transmission were all Henderson features by 1917.

An older restoration, this Henderson Four was previously registered to Potter Brothers of Rowgate Garage, Kirkby Stephen. Noteworthy features include electric lighting, Berling magneto, bulb horn, and a siren driven off the rear tyre. Last taxed in 2015, the machine is offered with an old-style continuation logbook (1968), SORN paperwork, some expired MoTs (most recent 2013), and old/current V5/V5C documents.

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c.1919 Henderson 1,147cc Model 2 Z Four Engine no. 2Z 6315
c.1919 Henderson 1,147cc Model 2 Z Four Engine no. 2Z 6315
c.1919 Henderson 1,147cc Model 2 Z Four Engine no. 2Z 6315
c.1919 Henderson 1,147cc Model 2 Z Four Engine no. 2Z 6315
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