CIRCA 1919 HEN­DER­SON MODEL 2Z FOUR

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Hen­der­son may not have been the long­est-lived Amer­i­can mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­turer, but they were cer­tainly one of the most revered dur­ing the early years of mo­tor­cy­cling. Pro­duc­ing noth­ing but four­cylin­der ma­chines dur­ing a pe­riod when any­thing more com­plex than a sin­gle was re­garded as ex­otic, the firm was founded by broth­ers Tom and William Hen­der­son in Detroit. By 1917, the firm had been taken over by Chicago-based cy­cle man­u­fac­turer and owner of the Ex­cel­sior brand, Ig­naz Sch­winn.

From the Adrian Reed col­lec­tion, this older restora­tion fea­tures a Ber­ling mag­neto, elec­tric light­ing and a siren driven off the rear tyre. The 1147cc ma­chine was state of the art for its day, with a fold­ing kick­start and three-speed trans­mis­sion. With old and new style log­books and last taxed in 2015, its es­ti­mate is £25,000-30,000.

One to live out your re­verse-cap and breeches fan­tasies on

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