This 1907 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle is one of more than 140 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

Commonly referred to as a “strap tank” because of how the oil tank is secured to the gas tank with nickel-plated steel straps, this 1907 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank (Lot #2506) was produced during the legendary Milwaukee firm’s third year in volume production.

It is one of 150 motorcycles built in 1907 and is powered by a correct 27cid single cylinder engine. Originally delivered new to Los Angeles for use by the city police department, it spent much of its life in California except for a stint in the hands of a New York collector some 30 years ago.

It was stolen in the mid-‘70s when it was in pieces awaiting a previous restoration. Justice prevailed, and the cycle was subsequently purchased by Otis Chandler, who set things right by obtaining many of its misplaced original parts with help from early Harley-Davidson specialist Stu Munger. No expense was spared, and the results speak for themselves. The leather belt drive pulleys, crankcase handlebars and idler/tensioner brackets are chrome plated and complement the Renault Gray frame with red pinstriping while the gas tank bears the Harley-Davidson logo in real gold leaf foil.

This 1907 Harley-Davidson (Lot #2506) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Ron Pratte’s prestigious collection of automobilia will kick off the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. and running through Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and will continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 on Saturday, Jan. 17.


1929 Indian 401 Motorcycle

The ultimate expression of the American inline 4 cylinder motorcycle, Indian’s 401 would define the smooth, quiet 4 cylinder motorcycle for nearly a generation of riders. Formerly of the Otis Chandler Collection, this 1929 Indian 401 (Lot #2058) has been restored to as-new condition and is ready to be ridden.

Its powered by a 77.2cid F-head inline four with a 3-speed gearbox and kick starter and the brakes consist of a contracting drum brake (rear) and enclosed, expanding drum brake (front). In keeping with Indian’s legacy, shifts are accomplished via a chromed shift lever capped by a black ball positioned at the rider’s right knee.

This 1929 Indian 401 Motorcycle (Lot #2058) will cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Tuesday, Jan. 13.