According to information gathered by a website that tracks historic motorbike transactions, a rare Harley-Davidson motorcycle made in 1908 has become the most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Friday that the Strap Tank Harley-Davidson was listed on vintagent.com as having been sold for $935,000 after auction fees at the Mecum Auction in Las Vegas last month.
Because the bike’s oil and fuel tanks are fastened to the frame using nickel straps, the name Strap Tank was given to it. According to estimates, there are just 12 bikes like it in existence.
Because it had never been restored, a 1907 Strap Tank that sold for $715,000 after fees fell short of the record-breaking 1908 Strap Tank in price.
According to Greg Arnold, manager of Mecum Auctions’ motorcycle division, the world-record-breaking bike still had many of its original components, making it even more unique.
He stated, “We promoted the bike brilliantly, and Harley is by far the most well-known American motorbike brand, so we had a hunch it would do well in auction, but obviously, you are astonished everytime you sell the most expensive bike ever.