The World’s Oldest Motorcycle Sells for $210,000 129 Years After Its First Ride
According to an article by Hagerty, the world’s oldest motorcycle recently sold for an impressive $210,000. The motorcycle, which was first ridden in 1894, is a Hildebrand & Wolfmüller and is considered to be the first production motorcycle in history.
The Hildebrand & Wolfmüller was created by German engineers Alois Wolfmüller and Wilhelm Hildebrand and was powered by a water-cooled, four-stroke engine. Despite its impressive technological advancements, the motorcycle was not a commercial success, with only about 200 examples being built.
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Despite its relatively short production run, the Hildebrand & Wolfmüller has had a lasting impact on the motorcycle industry. Its four-stroke engine was a significant step forward in the development of motorcycles and paved the way for other manufacturers to build similar vehicles.
The motorcycle that recently sold at auction was in excellent condition and had been fully restored. It was purchased by a private collector who was attracted to its historical significance and rarity.
In conclusion, the sale of this 129-year-old motorcycle serves as a reminder of the rich history of the motorcycle industry and the impact that the Hildebrand & Wolfmüller had on its development. As Hagerty puts it, “it’s a true testament to the timeless appeal of these early machines and the enthusiasts who preserve them for future generations to enjoy.”
Source: Hagerty, “The World’s Oldest Motorcycle Sells for $210,000 129 Years After Its First Ride” (2023) https://www.hagerty.co.uk/articles/motorcycles/the-worlds-oldest-motorcycle-sells-for-174000-129-years-after-its-first-ride/