Rare Rambler bike at Las Vegas auction

By Web editor, 9 November 2012.
1902 Rambler Model B
1902 Rambler Model B

One of the oldest and most original American motorcycles in existence is to be sold at auction in Las Vegas...

Bonhams has added a 1902 Rambler Model B from the Indian Motorcycle Museum to its Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale on January 10. Its sales estimate is £37,285-£49,714 ($60,000-$80,000)

Manufactured by Colonel Albert Pope’s American Cycle Manufacturing Company of New York, the pioneering Rambler motorcycle is in extremely rare and original, unrestored condition.

It wears its original paint from 110 years ago and with the exception of a touch-up on the gas tank the entire machine is described as being “in a complete ‘time-capsule’ state”.

While Indian has the distinction of being America’s first production motorcycle, Rambler launched just a few months after Indian’s introductory 1901 Camelback model and was offered for sale the very same year – 1902 – a full year before Harley-Davidson’s first commercial motorcycle.

Refined and of advanced design, Rambler was one of the first motorcycles to have a long wheelbase for stability. It was a high-quality machine that did not rely on many off-the-shelf components and its engine was designed and produced in-house while the frame was also purpose-made and not simply a bicycle frame.

This particular machine has been a part of the Manthos Collection of the Indian Motorcycle Museum exhibit for decades and has benefited from years of unmolested and protected preservation. 

The third annual Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale is on Thursday, January 10, at Bally’s Hotel and Casino on The Strip.

Owners interested in consigning motorcycles to the Bonhams Las Vegas Sale can contact Nick Smith, West Coast: 323-436-5470, Nick.Smith@Bonhams.com or Evan Ide, East Coast: 917-340-4657, Evan.Ide@Bonhams.com

More information about the Las Vegas auction will be posted in the coming weeks at www.Bonhams.com/Vegas