Someone on one of the motorcycle forums I frequent posted up a link to a video collection that chronicles the “recovery” of what is one of the ultimate barn finds in American history: The Lee Hartung Collection.
No sense in me over paraphrasing. You can find the story here at the Wheels Through Time website: http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=417
As you’ll learn, Lee Hartung dealt in scrap metal, sold used cars and maintained a hauling business that enabled him to amass an amazing collection of American vehicles including unrestored examples of a 1912 Harley, 1910 Pope, numerous four-cylinder Hendersons and Indians, a 1910 Excelsior, 1902 Wagner, and even a 1913 Flying Merkel. The collection — some 2,500 lots — was auctioned off back in November for nearly $4M.
You can find a total of eight (8) video’s similar to this one linked off of the Wheels Through Time page that I linked above. For anyone who appreciates barn finds and American motorcycle history, it’s worth your time to watch the videos when you have a 1/2 hour to spare.
Additional World of Wheels videos from the auction
You can find all of the auction results HERE, but these were the 10 highest money lots sold during the auction:
- 1911 Flying Merkel Twin Belt Drive – $201,250
- 1950 Veritas BMW – $195,500
- 1950 Edwards R-26 Roadster – $143,750
- 1912 Harley-Davidson Single-Cylinder Belt Drive – $115,000
- 1911 Pope Model H – $83,375
- 1909 Sears – $66,125
- 1938 Indian Four-Cylinder Rigid Frame – $64,400
- 1926 Henderson Deluxe Fire Department Motorcycle – $63,250
- 1915 Harley-Davidson Single-Cylinder Two-Speed – $57,500
- 1904 Fabrique-Nationale Four-Cylinder Shaft Drive – $55,200