Is it the rarest vintage motorcycle? At least, I will say it’s the most mysterious. It’s the Traub 1917, and at this day, nobody knows exactly its origin and no documentation has ever surfaced. It was discovered in 1967 by bicycle shop owner Torillo Tacchi during the renovation of a Chicago apartment building, the motorcycle hidden behind a brick wall.
Actor and Hollywood stunt double Bud Ekins, purchased this motorcycle in the late 70’s while on the set for the Blues Brothers Movie. Then it was sold again to collector and restorer Richard Morris, who then sold it in 1990 to the Wheels Through Time Museum curator Dale Walksler. It’s where the Traub is now displayed. The motorcycle is in very good condition, very refined, much more than the motorcycles of the 1910’s and features a side valve engine, a 3-speed transmission and a one-off dual piston rear brake. It’s now 43 years that The Traub has baffled its owners and all vintage motorcycle experts unable to find out its origin. Any reader with a lead? Wheels Through Time Museum.