First production motorbike sells for £86,200

 The first production motorbike has sold for more than £80,000 in Stafford.

The 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller was being sold by Bonhams auctioneers, at the Stafford County Showground. It was part of the Carole Nash International Classic Bike Show.

The final sale price of £86,200 was more than the estimate of between £40,000 and £60,000.

It was in the same auction as a Brough Superior, of the type ridden by Laurence of Arabia. That sold for £157,700 – it was estimated to go for between £110,000 and £130,000.

The Hildebrand and Wolfmüller was made by the Hildebrand brothers, Henry and Wilhelm, who developed the motorcycle in partnership with Alois Wolfmüller and his mechanic, Hans Geisenhof, in the late 1800’s.

Their design was powered by a twin-cylinder, water-cooled, four-stroke engine displacing 1,488cc, which until relatively recent times was the largest power unit ever fitted to a motorcycle. It only has a maximum power output 2.5bhp at 240rpm, but was capable of speeds approaching 30mph.

Bonhams auctioneers have over 500 lots for sale at the show, with bikes ranging from classics to modern day Ducatis and Hondas. The eventual total for the auction was £1,618,324.

Article from Staffs Live


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