After offering the historic and singular 110 year-old 1902 Rambler Model B from the Indian Motorcycle Museum, the auctioneer Bonhams has now presented another extraordinary addition to its 3rd annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, an incredibly rare, complete and original 1905 Leo Two-Cycle which was once thought ‘extinct’. Notably, an exciting new discovery in New England brought light to this ultra-rare California-made motorcycle produced by the L.A. Mitchell Motor Company of Oakland, which is thought to be the sole-surviving example of a marque lost to time.
Beyond its rarity, this machine which was a purpose-built motorcycle which impressively utilized a motorcycle frame rather than a bicycle frame, is historically very significant, as Leo was only manufactured for just a single year 1905. And, this particular example is perhaps the only and the earliest surviving example of an American 2-stroke bike.
Boasting a lightweight, compact motor that impressively depicts the manufacturer's progressive vision, the 107 year-old Leo was discovered in New England museum's warehouse, where it was forgotten for decades.
Described to be in extraordinary condition, this machine offers a free-turning motor and strong compression, along with original components including spokes, the rims, Thor pedals and Troxel leather saddle.