Auction Preview – Foggy Mountain Motorcycle Museum

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Starting tomorrow (June 24th), Bartlett Auctions is selling the inventory of Foggy Mountain Motorcycle Museum, the creation of Glen (Rodger) and Carolyn Noseworthy. “Now faced with unexpected health concerns, they have decided to downsize their collection of more than 100 motorcycles and hundreds of pieces of incredible memorabilia, specialty tools, jigs and motorcycle rarities.” The main event is on June 29th, but pre-bidding starts on the 24th.

There are 76 motorcycles and a few other lots – here are my three favorites:

1.) 1953 Vincent Black Shadow Series C. This is Frame # RC11717B and it came from Glenn Bator.

2.) 1896 Geneva Steam-Powered Bicycle. This came out of the Evolution of the Motorcycle collection and it comes with its own travel case! Made by the Geneva Cycle Company of Geneva, Ohio (eventually became part of the American Cycle Company and then Pope and Westfield). Capable of 12 miles per hour, and this link suggests that the burner “operates similar to a Coleman camp stove.”

3.) 1956 Electric Shopper Mini Car. The listing says it was built in Long Beach, California and that it comes out of the Gary Davis collection – plus there’s a Mecum plate on the back. But I couldn’t come up with the right search terms to find this in Mecum’s history. Built by the “Electric Car Company of California, Inc”, these were marketed as offering 30 miles of range on a charge with operating costs of a penny a day. They were also “dependable for more than 25 years.”

Click here to check out all the lots – what are you most excited by?

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