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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1938 Crocker

1938 Crocker 1

1938 Crocker

Country: U.S.A
Engine: Air-cooled 45-degree V-twin, four-stroke
Ignition: Autolite distributor and coil
Power Rating: 60 bhp @ 4,000 rpm
Bore x Stroke: 82.5 x 86mm (3-5/16 x 3-1/2 inches)
Displacement: 60.3 cubic inches (986 cc)
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel System: Single Linkert 1-1/4-inch bore carburetor
Transmission: Close ratio three speed
Suspension: Front dual spring girder forks, rigid rear
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 495 lbs.
Top Speed: Approx. 110mph

1938 Crocker 2

Albert Crocker worked initially for the Aurora Automatic Machine Company, maker of Thor motorcycles. He then embarked on a career with the Indian Company, finally locating in Los Angeles, California, as the distributor for this company. Crocker relinquished his association with Indian to build speedway machines. He then embarked on designing and building a "Superbike," using his experience with the Indian brand.

1938 Crocker 3

Hand-built to order, the Crocker was described as the Duesenberg of American motorcycles. Able to cruise between 90-100mph, the Crocker was phenomenal. Approximately 75 machines were built between 1936 and 1940 with about one half accounted for today.