Toronto-built Indian for sale

An Indian motorcycle that was made 94 years ago in Toronto is set to go up for auction in the U.S.

The 1914 Hendee Special will be auctioned at Bonhams sale of motorcycles in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on the weekend.

The old bike was found nearly 40 years ago in a Vancouver junkyard, according to the Vancouver Sun, and would have cost $400 new. It should fetch about 250 times that in auction. The bike was owned by Peter Gagan, an antique motorcycle enthusiast who lives near Vancouver. He told Canwest News Service that he has "lots of others," so parting with this one — at a hundred grand — won’t hurt too, too much.

The Indian is one of 200 electric start Hendee Specials made. Only three complete models survive, along with about three incomplete models. This is the only know Canadian example, according to Bonhams, and was built at the Indian factory in Toronto, which operated from 1912 to 1916. The frame and a set of crankcases, found in Vancouver, were the starting point for this restoration; other parts were found around the world.

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