107 Year Old, One of a Kind Leo Motorcycle Up for Auction

Dec 20, 2012 View Comments by


Built by the now defunct L.A. Mitchell Motor Company of Oakland, CA, and in all probability the only surviving representation of the brand, this 1905 Leo Motorcycle spent an untold number of decades forgotten in a warehouse belonging to a New England museum. The Leo may well be the oldest example of an American made two-cycle motorbike in existence and is one of the few vehicles ever to be manufactured in California. In spite of its age, the engine hasn’t seized and still offers good compression. The bike also retains all of its original components including the spokes and rims, pedals, and leather saddle. This motorcycle relic from the dawn of the twentieth century will roll across the auction block at Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction on January 10th, where it will join a number of rare motorcycles, including Steve McQueen’s 1970 Husky.



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