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    Hoard of vintage Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles will be auctioned August 14th in Rutland, Vt. RUTLAND, Vermont

    July 19, 2021

    "RUTLAND, Vt. – The single-owner lifetime collection of Robert “Bob” Bearoran incredible assemblage of Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles, parts
    and memorabilia dating as far back as 1908, to include rare and important barn find motorcycles that are finally seeing th e light of day, plus
    vintage cars, midget race cars, antique tractors, chainsaws, vintagefishing lures and more – will all come up for bid on Saturday, August 14th
    at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland, from 10 am-6 pm Eastern time, by VanDerBrink Auctions, based in Hardwick, Minn

    Mr. Bearor, who passed away in 2019, was a dedicated car and motorcycle enthusiast and a self-described wild-man who, along with his wife
    Christine, who went by “Teenie” because of her diminutive stature of just 4 feet 9 inches, always surrounded themselves with vintage cars and
    motorcycles, especially Harley-Davidsons, which the couple would ride to shows or just for fun, often in matching outfits. The two got married
    in a 1958 Corvette. Teenie survives her husband.

    Along the way, Bob befriended Ed Flynn, a kindred spirit wild-man and the owner of an Indian Motorcycles dealership in Bennington, Vt. Ed’s
    collection was just as impressive as Bob’s and, upon Ed’s death and with the blessing of Ed’s widow, Mr. Flynn’s massive inventory of Indian motorcycles (two of which were unearthed from under his house), as well as hundreds of parts (including NOS) and memorabilia from the Indian dealer ship, became part of Bob’s collection.

    In May of this year, a team from VanDerBrink Auctions, plus some motorcycle enthusiasts from New York, went to the Bearor property to inventory
    Mr. Flynn’s collection. In a chicken coop they found 14 frames and vintage Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The museum was full of Indian and
    Harley memorabilia and parts. For three days, the crew diligently dug through the buildings on the property and uncovered 53 motorcycles, hundreds
    of parts and memorabilia.

    Now, the two combined collections in their entirety will be sold to the highest bidder, live at the fairgrounds and online, via
    A preview will be held on Friday, August 13th, from 10-6. The catalog, plus a video, can be viewed now, on the VanDerBrink Auctions website: “Many of the motorcycle parts will be just for onsite bidders, so it’s best to attend the auction in person,” said
    Yvette VanDerBrink of VanDerBrink Auctions.

    Several motorcycles are certain to attract attention.
    One is the 1947 Indian Chief motorcycle, an older restore that’s green and gold and with all the stainless-steel parts supposedly dipped in gold
    (although it has not been tested). The bike had been touring in a display from Mr. Bearor and it ran when parked. It features a V2 4-stroke, V-Twin
    motor with suicide chain drive transmission, white wall tires with fringe and a big white leather seat with fringe – a truly unique motorcycle

    Then there’s the 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH motorcycle with a sidecar thatMr. Bearor dubbed “The Joker”. Known as a Coney Island custom, the bike is powered by a Harley V Twin motor, shows just 9,567 miles on the odometer and boasts lots of metal green flake. Many hours and thousands of dollars went into this custom, one-of-a-kind motorcycle. It comes witha10-page appraisal, listing all the things done to it. Bearor toured it ina semi on a walk-through display.

    Two Indians that are rare but in need of a restoration are the 1932 IndianChief 4-cylinder bike and the 1937 Indian Sport Scout with V Twin motor,both of them barn finds that appear mostly complete. Memorabilia includesvintage advertising posters for Indian Power Plus motors (25 inches by 38inches) and an Indian and Goodyear advertising poster (13 inches by 40

    Other Indian motorcycles and parts in the auction include a rare 1917-1918Indian Model O Light Twin, a 1920 Indian Power Plus, a 1924 Indian Chief,
    an early 1928 Indian frame, a 1932 Indian Scout, a 1932 Indian Chief 4-cylinder, a 1937 Indian Sport Scout, two 1937-1939 Indian Chief rigid frames,
    a 1938 Indian Junior Scout, a 1938 Indian Chief frame, a 1949 Indian Arrow and a 1951 Indian Warrior TT. See the VanDerBrink Auctions website for a
    full list of offerings.

    The Harley-Davidson category will feature an early 1916 Harley Davidson frame and motor, a 1919-1922 Harley-Davidson Sport project, a 1991 Harley
    Davidson, a 1997 Harley-Davidson Electro-Glide Sport, a 1930’s Harley-Davidson frame, a Harley-Davidson VL Series project and more.
    Lot 170B should spark a bidding war; it’s for a very rare pair of 1916 Harley wheel discs.

    Motorcycles by other makers include a 1972 Honda CB100, a 1974 CB125Sand a 1982 Yamaha GT80. Motorcycle memorabilia will feature 50
    vintage Indian dealer motorcycle posters, Indian pins, Indian postcards,Indian tools, Indian bicycles, Indian oil cans, vintage motorcycle leathers, kidney belts, racing suits,
    vintage race posters, vintage motorcycle hill climb posters and more."

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    I am in the process of getting bidding creds. ahead of time instead of day of auction, was told there will be heavy hitters there, also Indian 4 is a 1934. looking at web pix, it's a lot.


    • #3
      Originally posted by bstevens479 View Post
      was told there will be heavy hitters there.
      Ugh...I'm going as I understand there's items not on line that will also be offered. Vermont climate is not kind to motorcycles left outside or otherwise left to rot.
      Pisten Bulley is Harry Roberts in Vermont.