Mecum Auction: Crocker Big Tank 60 cui 1939 motorcycle went for $ 704,000January 27, 2019
Auctioners estimated the Crocker Big Tank 1939 motorcycle at $ 500,000, but a rare bike went under the hammer for $ 704,000 at the 28th annual moto auction in Las Vegas. Included with the motorcycle were the issue of the magazine French Moto Revue Classic 1959, in which it was described, various photographs and documentation.
At one time, Crocker Big Tank was released in a small party, so today it is rated very high.
Crocker was founded by Elbert Crocker, an Indian dealer in Denver. In 1932, the company moved to Los Angeles, where it began selling Indian motorcycle kits. A year later, they released their first 500-cube speedway motorcycle, selling 31 units in all.
In 1935, Crocker introduced the overhead valve V-Twin with a three-speed gearbox – the entire power unit became an important part of the chassis. The following year, the company began selling a novelty. The buyer was offered a different working volume (62 or 100 cubic inches). According to the manufacturer, the smaller motor produced 60 hp and allowed to accelerate to 180 km / h, surpassing the Harley-Davidson Knucklehead.
In 1936 – 1942, the manufacturer assembled 72 motorcycles with V-Twin engines, which were constantly developed and improved. The first versions were completed with a 9.5-liter tank, and in 1938 the Big Tank version appeared.
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