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The art deco Henderson restoration

The art deco Henderson restoration

A 1930s bike brought back to life

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An impressive pre-war motorcycle restoration has taken the industry by storm

The motorcycling industry enjoys it when an old, obscure machine is wheeled out of the woodwork for the first time and 'rediscovered'. And in one of the biggest revelations of recent months, a 1930 Henderson customised before WWII by a man named O. Ray Courtney and fitted with 'streamliner' bodywork, is sure to set the motorcycle community on fire...

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With obvious art deco influence, what makes this renovation unusual is that the mechanicals are hidden: even at the height of the Art Deco movement, most motorcycles were a triumph of form over function, with exposed cooling fins, brake drums and suspension springs - not so, here.

The bike is currently owned by collector Frank Westfall of Syracuse, New York State.

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