A Collection Of Indian Motorcycles Found In A Scrapyard Sells For Small Fortune. The old saying is, never judge a book by its cover. Especially when this particular book is a scrapyard.
One of the most spectacular collections of vintage Indian motorcycles and memorabilia was recently discovered on the property of RJ&C Metal Fabricators in Phoenix, after its owner Rickey Jensen had died.
There, in a locked shed behind the stacks of barrels, beams, broken down cars and random machinery were 15 Indian motorcycles, several of the brand’s bicycles and lots of signs, clocks and promotional items.
According to Mecum Auctions, Jensen mostly kept it a secret, and only a few other people had ever even known about it. But now the world does.
All of the motorcycles and most of the collection sold for well over $500,000 combined at the Mecum Las Vegas event on Thursday night, where it was the star of the show. But a few of the other collectibles are still available, including several Indian wall clocks and a Chief Scooting Star children’s scooter.
Among the bikes that found new homes were a rare 1908 Single Camelback that sold for $82,500, a 1929 Ace Four that went for $88,000 and a red and white 1941 Four that brought the hammer down at $71,500.
What’s been lost to history is how long Jensen took to amass all of the items, and where he found things like boxes full of Indian letter openers, paperweights and belt buckles, not including the three beverage urns, each worth thousands.
Talk about an amazing find, imagine yourself walking into this scrapyard and thinking the junk you are seeing is actually “rusty gold”? I am always in disbelief everytime I hear stories where people just stumble upon a treasure worth a fortune. Especially if it comes from a scrapyard. Time to hit the scrapyards!Auto News, Blog