115-year-old Hildebrand & Wolfmüller motorcycle up for auction

November 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

One of the world’s first motorcycles is up for auction and is expected to fetch a whopping £94,000.

115-year-old Hildebrand & Wolfmüller motorcycle up for auction

The rare 115-year-old Hildebrand & Wolfmüller goes from 0-20mph in 30 seconds and has a top speed of just 28mph.

It was one of the world’s first two-wheeled vehicles ever to be called a ‘motorrad’ – or motorcycle – when it was made in Germany between 1894/95.

The bike has been lovingly restored after spending half a century in a private collection in America.

Malcolm Barber, Chief Executive of Bonhams, which is auctioning the bike in Las Vegas in January, said: ”Typically, the chance own an authentic Hildebrand & Wolfmüller is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

”Due to their extreme rarity and historical value they are almost never offered on either the open or private markets.

”Now Bonhams will have had the opportunity to represent two of these ‘holy grail of motorcycles’ within the space of a year.”

In April another Hildebrand & Wolfmüller motorcycle fetched £86,200 when it was auctioned in Stafford.

The latest model, which is considered the most sophisticated example of early motorcycles, is up for auction at the Imperial Palace Hotel on January 6.

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