Crocker tops the bill at Bonhams


A glorious 1940 Crocker Big Tank V-Twin, formerly owned by Crocker employee Elmo Looper, is the star lot at the Bonhams Las Vegas sale on January 23, 2020 at Caesar’s Entertainment Studios.

The Crocker comes from the last two years of Crocker motorcycle production, and is one of fewer than 30 Big Tanks variants built.

The engine and transmission has been overhauled by marque guru Mike Lange, while much of the rest of the machine has been painstakingly put together over 15 years.

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Of the top-selling 100 motorcycle sold in the last few years at auction, 15 are Crockers.

This one has an estimate of $450,000 to $550,000, which translates as £340,000 to £410,000.

The auction has a large collection of V-twins, with Ducati, Indian, AJS and, a long way from home, a brace of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne manufacturer NUTs, one 1913, the other 1925, all among those represented.

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Another eye catcher is a rather beautiful former South African championship winning 1955 Matchless G45 racer. Details from

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