To mark the sale, we have picked our favourite motorcycles, complete with a brief history of the motorcycle.

No compilation of motorcycles is complete without a Harley Davidson. At the outbreak of World War II, the production of motorcycles for civilian use came to a halt in order to make way for military production. As a result, Harley Davidson produced the XA 750 for the army, which was constructed with horizontally opposed cylinders and shaft drive so it could be used in the desert.

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blog.php-30 Army rider on Harley-Davidson WLA model
Image via Harley Davidson

Weapons Husqvarna AB is regarded as Sweden's most famous manufacturer of motorcycles. In 1903 the company produced the first machine that had a motor and then went on to build a variety of models with Moto Reve engines. The first all-Swedish Husqvarnan was released in 1919 and the design saw only a few small changes from then until 1933.

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In 1910, Brothers William and Tom Henderson began to build four-cylinder motorcycles in Detroit. 7 years later the brothers went on to sell their business to the giant motorcycle factory Excelsior in Chicago and Henderson production was moved to there. The four-cylinder model was built at Excelsior until 1930, when all motorcycle production was closed down. This bike on offer at Göteborgs Auktionsverk is one of the last "real" Henderson as it was manufactured at the old factory in Detroit.

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The Mods of the 1950s rode scooters, but the big fight (besides that infamous one in Brighton) was whether to ride a Vespa or a Lambretta.

blog.php-33 Phil Daniels on a Lambretta in Quadrophenia, 1979
Image via retrotogo.com

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In the 1950s, mod favorite Lambretta produced scooters under a license in West Germany with the name NSU Lambretta. The brand began in Milan, Italy, under the manufacturer Innocenti.

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Sale will be held on 19th October 2015.

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