San Francisco, CA. February 5, 2008 –International auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields will host its second annual motorcycle auction at what’s become a much-anticipated annual concours, the Legend of the Motorcycle, held the first weekend of May.

Featured in this sale is the personal collection of Michael Corbin, founder of the prominent seat manufacturer Corbin. Over the years as his company grew into one of the world’s biggest and most respected businesses of its kind, Mr. Corbin passionately assembled a select collection of unique, meticulously restored motorcycles. While the focus of this 20-bike collection is the legendary American make Indian – with the headliner surely being Steve McQueen’s 1940 Indian Scout – other makes are also represented.
Highlights include:


1906 Indian Camelback

1912 Indian 7hp

1929 Indian-Crocker OHVC

1933 Crocker Speedway Replica

1940 Indian Four

1942 Indian Scout

1948 Indian Chief

1951 Indian Brave

1970 Indian “Clymer” Enfield

1982 Harley-Davidson XR750 Racer


1909 Monet Goyon

1950 Vincent Grey Flash Replica

1970 Triumph Bonneville

1974 Norton Commando

In addition to the Corbin Collection, many other motorcycles are included in this select sale. Some of these include Evel Knievel’s 2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail (with a custom red, white and blue paint job, what else?), a one-owner-from-new 1975 Ducati 750 SS Round Case, a 1903 Rex Single, and an 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller Replica.

This exceptional auction takes place in conjunction with the renowned Legend of the Motorcycle Concours on May 3rd at the ocean-side Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California (just south of San Francisco). To consign a motorcycle in this sale, e-mails can be sent to [email protected], or calls may be made to the following offices:
West Coast Team: Mark Osborne, Andrew Reilly & Nick Smith – 415.391.4000 East Coast Team: Rupert Banner, Christopher Sanger & David Patridge

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