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Motorcycles from Steve McQueen, Evel Knievel & the Mike Corbin collection to be auctioned

2/11/2008 3:45:23 PM


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By now you’ve probably heard about the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance in Half Moon Bay, Calif. This will be the third year for the show, and one of the highlights of the show is always the auction hosted by International auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields.

Featured in the auction this year is the personal collection of Michael Corbin, founder of the prominent seat manufacturer Corbin. Over the years as his company grew into one of the world's biggest and most respected businesses of its kind, Mr. Corbin passionately assembled a select collection of unique, meticulously restored motorcycles. While the focus of this 20-bike collection is the legendary American make Indian — with the headliner surely being Steve McQueen's 1940 Indian Scout — other makes are also represented. Highlights include:


1906 Indian Camelback
1912 Indian 7hp
1929 Indian-Crocker OHVC
1933 Crocker Speedway Replica
1940 Indian Four
1942 Indian Scout
1948 Indian Chief
1951 Indian Brave
1970 Indian "Clymer" Enfield
1982 Harley-Davidson XR750 Racer


1909 Monet Goyon
1950 Vincent Grey Flash Replica
1970 Triumph Bonneville
1974 Norton Commando

In addition to the Corbin Collection, many other motorcycles are included in this select sale. Some of these include Evel Knievel's 2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail (with a custom red, white and blue paint job, what else?), a one-owner-from-new 1975 Ducati 750 SS Round Case, a 1903 Rex Single, and an 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller Replica.

This exceptional auction takes place in conjunction with the renowned Legend of the Motorcycle Concours on May 3rd at the ocean-side Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California (just south of San Francisco).

To consign a motorcycle in this sale, e-mails can be sent to, or calls may be made to the following offices:

West Coast Team: Mark Osborne, Andrew Reilly & Nick Smith - 415.391.4000 East Coast Team: Rupert Banner, Christopher Sanger & David Patridge -212.644.9001

For more information on Legend of the Motorcycle,visit


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