Collector unveils limited-edition Crocker replica bike

Publish Date: 
Jul 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A marque long missing from the boutique manufacturing scene is getting a revival of sorts.

Sunday, collector Michael Schacht unveiled a limited edition replica Crocker motorcycle, powered by an 80-cubic inch engine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Crocker Motorcycle Co. opened about 70 years ago and became known for some of the most powerful race bikes of any American manufacturer until supply shortages forced the company to shut down during World War II. The few bikes available drifted into high-end collections. Steve McQueen owned one before it was sold in auction for more than $276,000.

The company reopened in 1997 to manufacture replacement parts for the few original Crockers that survived.

“The Crocker Motorcycle Company has made a commitment to produce enough parts so a customer will be able to build his own Crocker piece by piece or by purchasing parts in kit form. Will these same parts help a restorer complete a high quality restoration? Absolutely, they are already fulfilling that role,” says the company’s website.

Posted by Holly Wagner