American motorcycle collection headed to auction

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American motorcycle collection headed to auction | ClassicCars.com
James Jalbert and part of his motorcycle collection | Bonhams photo

James Jalbert grew a small airport taxi service into C&J Bus Lines, which provides service in much of the Northeast. But away from work, Jalbert’s passion has been American-made motorcycles, especially those produced in New England by Indian.

In January, a group of motorcycles from Jalbert’s collection will be offered for sale at Bonhams’ annual motorcycle auction in Las Vegas.

Indians from the Jalbert collection got to the auction include Chief, Four, Scout, Sport Scout, Prince, Arrow and US Military 741 models.

“From street and racing versions to original condition and expertly restored award-winners, the selection is impressive,” Bonhams said in its news release.

Proceeds from the sale of the 1941 Army model will be donated to the Veterans Count charity, which Bonhams notes is the philanthropic arm of Easterseals Military and Veteran Services.

Also going to auction from the collection are a 1929 Henderson Four, a 1929 Excelsior Super X, a recently restored Harley-Davidson Servi-Car and a 1966 FLH Electra-Glide Shovelhead that Jalbert nicknamed “Elvis.”

Jalbert’s consignment also includes memorabilia, including a lighted Indian dealership sign.

The auction is scheduled for January 25 at the Rio Hotel & Casino.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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