You are looking at an original circa 1895 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller motorcycle and Bonhams will auction it in Stafford, England on April 25th, 2010. It is one of the first production motorcycles ever made. Manufactured in Munich, Germany, the Hildebrand & Wolfmüller is of the utmost historical significance as the first powered two-wheeler to enter series production.
It is also supposed to be the first vehicle to which the name ‘motorcycle’ (in German “Motorrad” was given. The Hildebrand brothers, Henry and Wilhelm, developed their motorcycle in partnership with Alois Wolfmüller and his mechanic, Hans Geisenhof. Despite a maximum power output of only 2.5bhp at 240rpm, the H&W is said capable of speeds approaching 30 mph, which was amazing at that time. Opinions differ with regard to how many machines were produced. Figures range from 800 to 2,000 units. Hildebrand & Wolfmiller (a German/French joint venture) collapsed in early 1897.