Bonhams is really very excited to announce the addition of 1937 Crocker Small Tank alongside the list of varieties at its annual Las Vegas auction. The bike has arrived from one of the world’s classic motorcycle museums, Time Museum in North Carolina. The serial number of the bike 36-61-8 comes from the renowned collection of this museum. Crocker was bundled with many unique features and was handmade. It was also known as the “Duesenberg of motorcycles” and was very fast and powerful.
It gained lots of popularity and became “hot rod” bike of Hollywood in the 1930s. This brand was built by Al Crocker who was a former Indian distributor and also defined a classic motorcycle era before World War II. Crocker made its debut in 1936 challenging world dominators Harley-Davidson by boasting of performance, raw power, handling and superior technology. It was even advertised by Al Crocker that he would refund the owner’s money if his bikes were ever beaten by a stock Harley. And believe me, no funds were ever requested.
The total number of production of Crocker never exceeded more than 125 units. There are only 50 of those units that are accounted now and that makes Crocker motorcycles very rare. Each Crocker was designed according to the specifications of the buyer and the quality of the machine always remained high. Crocker was presented as a featured marque of record-breaking 20 examples by the seminal 2006 Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance.
One of the main reason that makes Crocker #8 very unique is that it is one of the seven surviving Crockers that is constructed with the famous hemispherical heads. It can be considered as an earliest made crocker and is available for public sale with an estimated cost of $500,000-$600,000. The auction of the Bonhams will take place at the Rio Hotel & Casino on January 26th. There are further pre-war American motorcycles from the Wheels Through Time Museum:
Harley-Davidson WLDR 1938
Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead 1936
Harley-Davidson 11F 1915
Excelsior Model 7C 1914
Harley-Davidson Model 6A 1910
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