Built in Los Angeles by American designer and engineer Al Crocker, these strikingly beautiful bikes are known as the Duesenberg of motorcycles. Or, said another way, the Crocker is the American Vincent.
Al Crocker created his first V-twin entry for Crocker had a 61 in³ (1,000 cc) “Hemi Head” producing 55-60 hp, exceeding the horsepower produced of both the Indian and Harley of the day (38-40 hp). Many Crockers were manufactured to order, with the 91+ cubic inch (about 1,491 cc) being the largest capacity production motorcycle of the time.
When production ceased in 1942, approximately 100 of the V-twins had been produced in all. The remaining inventory of parts were sold in 1947 to Elmo Looper. Many of these parts went into restorations of the surviving examples, of which at least 68 exist today. Although total production of all models is not known, it is thought by some to be around 200 units (about 40–50 speedway, 40–50 “Scootabout” scooters, and 100+ V-Twins). Al Crocker also produced an overhead valve conversion kit in the late 1920s for the Indian 101 “Scout”.
The proprietor and founder of the company, Albert Crocker, ceased motorcycle production in 1942 when the war effort put a shortage on critical materials. Indian and Harley received contracts with the US Army for military motorcycle production and Crocker got a contract with Douglas Aircraft making aircraft parts. That became a more lucrative business than Al Crocker ever enjoyed with motorcycle manufacturing, and in 1942 Crocker Motorcycle became Crocker Manufacturing. Crocker later sold out to a company named Borg Warner. Al Crocker died in 1961.
Because of their rarity and quality, Crockers are among the most expensive motorcycles an enthusiast can acquire. At the MidAmerica Auctions motorcycle auction in January 2007 in Las Vegas, a 1941 Crocker big-tank motorcycle sold for $230,000
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