Just added to the lust-inducing lineup at Bonhams sale at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on January 10:
A 1905 Leo Two-Cycle made by the L.A. Mitchell Motor Company of Oakland, California, the sole surviving example of the Mitchell marque and most likely the earliest surviving example of an American two-cycle motorcycle to boot.
The Leo is thought to have been produced for just one year, 1905, is one of the first to use a motorcycle instead of bicycle frame, and is expected to command up to $35,000 at auction.
Discovered in the warehouse of a New England museum where it lay gathering dust for decades, the Leo is undoubtedly an important piece of American motorcycle history.
Which doesn’t mean you can’t restore it and ride it to work if you really want to…
- Posted December 17, 2012
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