Bonhams Vegas Auction Features Du Pont Museum Collection

| 11/23/2011 8:47:32 AM

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A small part of the Du Pont private collection 
Just part of the Du Pont family's private collection, to be sold Jan. 12, 2012 at Bonhams' Las Vegas Auction. 

Bonhams is extremely pleased to announce that it has been entrusted to represent what is regarded as one of the most important collections of motorcycles to come to market in years. From the prominent American family du Pont, a name synonymous with a chemical empire, a luxury automobile manufacturer, and America’s first motorcycle company, is a private museum collection three generations in the making.

Offered for the very first time, the collection of nearly 50 vintage motorcycles spanning 70 years of history contains many important and impressive machines, a good number of them Indian. As an investor of the Indian Motocycle (sic) 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

1909 Pope Single 
1909 Pope Single will be auctioned at Bonhams' Las Vegas auction. 

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.

11/27/2011 6:52:10 AM

keep the info flowing . i do land speed racing with a harley UL pretty good on big flattie's cruser

Pete Ernst
11/25/2011 1:50:35 PM

As a motorcycle rider for 54 years with a fondness for older machines, I don't understand the appeal the 1909 Pope and others like it. My own collection consists of only original, unrestored motorcycles that are also in excellent condition. Shouldn't this be what we should strive for? I know examples like these are hard to come by, but that's the challange that makes it worthwhile.