The choppers are perhaps the most eye-catching lots of the sale, featuring designs from Carolina Creations and artists like Bob Thrash. A chopper is a style of motorcycle which first emerged in mid-1950’s California and was popularized by the 1969 film Easy Rider.
One of the bikes to be offered, a 2002 Carolina Creations custom chopper in bright orange with purple and green accents, epitomizes the stylish body design that made choppers such a cultural touchstone. According to the consignor, it was displayed at a Harley Davidson dealership in Ohio for 10 years, and with an estimate of $8,000 to $10,000, is expected to be one of the top lots of the sale.
Another customized motorcycle in the collection, the 1998 Bob Thrash Harley Davidson (est $6,000 - $8,000), was designed to emulate car customization company Rad Rides’ sleek 1954 “Sniper” build. The sniper bike’s flowing lines and night-dark color scheme bring to mind action and subterfuge straight out of a comic book.
Though small, the three Johnny Pag customized mini-choppers hold their own against their larger brothers. Each of the bikes is expected to bring $500 to $1,000.
The auction extends far beyond motorcycles. A 1988 Don Bender personal hovercraft (est $1,000 - $2,000) is one of the standout lots among the other motorized vehicles. The craft was rebuilt in 2000 by Don Bender. Bender has been awarded numerous awards by the Hoverclub of America for craftsmanship and level to detail. Other motorized vehicles to be offered include dirt bikes, a 2002 Polaris Sportsman 90 ATV, and pocket bikes.
For those less inclined toward daring, the collection also includes numerous scooters, including a 2013 Huzhou Daixi 3 wheel scooter (est $1,000 - $1,500) with only 18 miles. A classic 1979 Vespa, a Daelim Delfino, and a 2005 CF Moto will also be among the scooters crossing the block.
The auction will include live and online bidding, with a complete catalog available at www.CordierAuction.com. Preview times will be held on Friday, August 25 from 12-4 PM and Sunday from 8 AM through the auction.
2002 Carolina Creations Custom Chopper, $8,000 - $10,000
1998 Bob Thrash Harley Davidson Sniper Bike, $6,000 - $8,000
1988 Don Bender 16’ Hovercraft, $1,000 - $2,000
2013 Huzhou Daixi 3 Wheel Scooter, $1,000 - $1,500