The $52,300.00 Dollar Schwinn!

Discussion in 'All Things Schwinn' started by cyclingday, May 25, 2012.

  1. #1 Posted May 25, 2012
    cyclingday

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    The auction for the 1929 Schwinn built Streamline Henderson model KJ just ended at $52,300.00!

    Wow!

    It had 32 bids.

    I would expect that kind of interest at the Mid America Auction in Las Vegas, but I am pretty surprised that it sold for that much from an e-bay listing.
     
  2. #2 Posted May 25, 2012
    snickle

    snickle Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Yeah, let's just hope the guy actually pays. You'd be surprised at how many idiots win stuff then fall off the face of the earth.
     
  3. #3 Posted May 25, 2012
    cyclingday

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    I did notice that the feedback ratings were pretty low for most of the bidders.
    But, I have also noticed that the serious antique motorcycle guys don't buy a lot on e-bay, but when they do, it is usually for big bucks.
     
  4. #4 Posted May 25, 2012
    vintage2wheel

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    bid

    marty do you have the link for the auction i did not see it i would like to see what a 53k bike looks like LOL
     
  5. #5 Posted May 25, 2012
    snickle

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  6. #6 Posted May 25, 2012
    cyclingday

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    jaylenosgarage.com has some videos of the bikes he owns.

    Do a search in the video section under Henderson KJ and watch Jay fire them up and go for a ride.

    His bikes are really nice examples of what these magnificent machines were all about. Although at one point, Jay states that Schwinn was owned by Col. Albert Pope.

    Sorry, Jay! Pope never owned a piece of Schwinn.

    But, just to be fair, I'm sure that when you own as many phenominal machines as Jay owns, it would be easy to get a little confused from time to time.
     
  7. #7 Posted May 25, 2012
    vintage2wheel

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    wow

    that thing is bad ass
     
  8. #8 Posted May 25, 2012
    MagicRat

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    52 Large...

    I'd rather have the cash.

    The more money than brains club playing the game.
     
  9. #9 Posted May 25, 2012
    chitown

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    What's up with the Schwinn Quality sticker on there??? Does that belong there or is it just a little tribute sticker done by the restorationist to show the Schwinn ownership of Henderson/Excelsior Motor MFG connection?

    Nice ride for somebody this summer!
     
  10. #10 Posted May 25, 2012
    scrubbinrims

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    I don't know what I am looking at, but it's cool.
    Just don't know about the 52K part...that's a lot of hookers.
    Chris
     
  11. #11 Posted May 25, 2012
    Greg M.

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    This is chump change for the folks bidding on this.
    It's the old " if you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it".
    I saw a lot of these types of motorbikes at the Hartung auction, speaking of Jay Leno.

    Greg M.
     
  12. #12 Posted May 25, 2012
    abe lugo

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    a bit high but about right

    Inline fours are always demanding high prices, you should see the prices on parts.
     
  13. #13 Posted May 25, 2012
    cyclingday

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    The Schwinn quality decal absolutely belongs on the damper housing.
    This bike was the last machine built under Ignaz tutelage. It was designed by Arthur Constantine who had come over to the Schwinn factory from Harley Davidson.
    It has been said, that the KJ Henderson was the best prewar motorcycle ever built.
     
  14. #14 Posted May 25, 2012
    Larmo63

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    I never saw the link for this machine....?
     
  15. #15 Posted May 25, 2012
    MagicRat

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    Let me retract what I posted before.

    Now that I see it.

    An Inline 4...Oh Hell Yeah!
     
  16. #16 Posted May 25, 2012
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  17. #17 Posted May 26, 2012
    silvercreek

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  18. #18 Posted May 26, 2012
    cyclingday

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    Chris, aka Slick.

    Not only can that bad boy do 60mph with ease, it could do 110 mph!
    In fact, when it was built, it was the fastest American made vehicle of any kind.
    That's why every Police dept. in the country had standing orders for them when they shut down the production.
    Schwinn could have easily weathered the depression on this motorcycle alone, but Ignaz wanted to retire and Frank wasn't interested in building motorcycles anymore.

    I really think that the Aerocycle was Franks tribute to his dad and this motorcycle. It's no coincidence that the name of both vehicles, was the Streamline Henderson and the Streamline Aerocycle.
    Both vehicles were the first of their kind to use the wrap around tanks, external of the frame rather than being slung in between.
     
  19. #19 Posted May 26, 2012
    charnleybob

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    I am a little suspicious of the sticker too.
     
  20. #20 Posted May 26, 2012
    cyclingday

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    I saw an original paint 1925 Super X, and it had the Schwinn Quality decal on it, so they were using that logo at least as far back as then.
     
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