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Historic Collection Up for Auction

Dupont.  It’s a name associated with chemicals, and very old money.   And if the press release is to be believed, the family owns one of the most important collections of motorcycles to come to market in years.

Motorcycle historians will point out the Dupont name is also attached to the Indian Motorcycle Marquee.  Now Bonhams Auction house will offer the family’s private motorcycle museum collection that has been three generations in the making.

The collection of contains 50 vintage motorcycles spanning 70 years of history with some noteworthy machines, and understandably a good number of them Indian.

As an investor of the Indian Motorcycle Company since 1923, Eleuthere Paul du Pont took over the ailing company in 1929 and helped usher in one of the most successful eras – financially, competitively, technologically and stylistically – in Indian’s history. As a result of this, the Du Pont family collection contains numerous Indian models – many of which were restored at Indian’s Springfield, Mass. factory – such as Camelback, Singles, Twins, Board Track Racer, Prince, Scout, Chief and Four, not to mention the following noteworthy individuals:

A completely untouched, original condition circa 1903 Indian Camelback
1908 Indian Camelback with an early restoration by the Indian factory
1908 Indian Twin restored by the factory and displayed at the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia
An extremely rare original paint 1909 Pope Single
Circa 1915 Indian Twin Board Track Racer acquired in the 1950s
What is believed to be the last Indian Chief supplied to a dealer
Additionally, some notable British motorcycles are included such as a 1951 Vincent Black Shadow with just 3,000-odd miles from new and a believed ex-Francis Beart 1959 Norton Manx, as well as numerous Triumph models. In all, the Du Pont family collection includes the following marques from America, Europe and Japan: BSA, Ducati, Gilera, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Merkel, Ner-A-Car, Norton, Peugeot, Pope, Scott, Simplex, Stephens, Suzuki, Triumph, Vincent and Yamaha.

The Du Pont Museum Collection will be offered at the second annual Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale on January 12th, inside the famous Auto Collections museum at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino on The Strip.

With limited opportunity still available, owners interested in consigning an important motorcycle(s) to this sale may call 415-391-4000 or e-mail motors.us@bonhams.com ”> motors.us@bonhams.com . Alternatively, for the nearest international representative, please visit http://www.bonhams.com/usa/motorcycles.

Buyers interested in registering to bid, in person or remotely, may visit http://www.bonhams.com/vegas.


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