An important collection of classic American motorcycles will be part of Bonhams’ world-renowned Las Vegas motorcycle auction this January. Complementing the headlining models from Britain and Italy – most notably Vincent, Brough Superior, Ducati and MV Agusta – is the New England collection of Indian, Harley-Davidson, Henderson and Excelsior from the private collection of businessman James Jalbert.
As a collector, he focused on American motorcycles, with an emphasis on the Massachusetts-made Indian marque, and at one point his collection grew to more than 30 machines.
The collection boasts examples of Indian from the 1920s up to the firm’s closure in the 1950s. Included are models of Chief, Four, Scout, Sport Scout, Prince, Arrow and US Military 741. Two stars of the collection that are not Indians are a 1929 Henderson Four and 1929 Excelsior Super X, both iconic and highly sought after American models from the golden age of motorcycling.
Harley-Davidsons include a newly restored Servi-Car and a 1966 FLH Electra-Glide Shovelhead. There is related memorabilia, including an original lighted Indian dealership sign.
The sale takes place on Thursday, 25 January at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.