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Lot 301: Henderson Four

Quail Lodge Sale, Bonhams (16 August 2012)

How's this for irony? The fast four-cylinder Henderson was a favorite of speed demons and officers of the law who chased after them! After Ignaz Schwinn purchased the company in 1917, upgrades and improvements were constant, and wheelbase shrank to a more sporting 58 inches. In 1920 came a complete redesign, the Model K, now with an 80ci (1300cc) engine, the first motorcycle powerplant to employ a full-pressure lubrication system. More and more police departments nationwide were ordering Hendersons. The smoothness of the four-cylinder was a sales point, as was its flexibility  a Henderson could be lugged down to below 10 mph in top gear then smoothly accelerate away. But it was the bike's outright speed that sealed the deal. A favorite fleet-sales technique was to have a PD's assembled brass stand on a closed-down stretch of highway while a Henderson flashed by at 100 mph. Point made: Nothing on the road could outrun a Henderson Four. Purchased some ten years ago, this nicely restored '25 Henderson took pride of place in the Hobday collection.

Lot Details
Auction Quail Lodge Sale
Bonhams, Carmel, California, USA
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number301
Estimate$50000-$70000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$45000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$51750
Year1925
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Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number3781144
Engine number3781144
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors