A rare, original-condition 1902 Rambler Model B will be auctioned in Las Vegas in January byBonhams, the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Aside from an old touch-up on its gas tank, this vintage bike that looks like a motorized bicycle is in extremely rare and original, unrestored condition. Its value is estimated at $60,000 and $80,000.
Rambler motorcycles were manufactured by Colonel Albert Pope’s American Cycle Manufacturing Company of New York. Rambler was America’s second production motorcycle that debuted months after the first Indian (1901 Camelback) and a year before the first production Harley-Davidson. Rambler was a high-quality motorcycle with an engine that was made in house.
This particular bike has been a part of the Indian Motorcycle Museum exhibit for decades. It is one of the world’s first commercial motorcycles—it looks like a bicycle because it was made at a time when motorcycles were evolving from bicycles as a separate type of vehicle. It is also one of the oldest and most preserved American production machines in existence.
The 110 year-old Rambler will be offered at the third annual Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale on Thursday, January 10th at Bally’s Hotel & Casino on The Strip.