Lee Hartung Amazing Vintage Motorcycles Collection

During 60 years, Lee Hartung collected, collected, collected… Dale Walksler of Wheels Through Time travels to Chicago to help America Auctions go through the coveted Lee Hartung collection. First Day looking through it and Dale pulls out 5 motorcycles to get them running. Auction of these machines and many others is November 3-5, 2011 in Glenview, Illinois. More info at Auctions America By RM.

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24 Responses to “Lee Hartung Amazing Vintage Motorcycles Collection”


  1. 1 TodT Oct 28th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Wow! All I can say is wow…….

  2. 2 Kirk Perry Oct 28th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Dust, dirt, grease & memories. Fun stuff. 🙂

  3. 3 Dave Blevins Oct 28th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Absolutely wonderful stuff!
    How can anyone give a crap about the Tuetels, build-offs, Hoka Hey foolishness, etc, when there is REAL motorcycle stuff like this going on?

  4. 4 live2rideaglide Oct 28th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    OH man , I just want to be there and go through the piles , awesome.

  5. 5 Gina Woods Oct 28th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Lee Hartung was a great guy! Been to his place half a dozen times. Took listeners up there for a ride/tour several times. In the past half dozen years or so he started giving less and less tours but if you called up for an appt he’d oblige. If he had one of something he had a hundred. Wonderful collection of STUFF! I’ll have to dig up those interviews on the radio….he had a great sense of humor and loved what he did and loved showing his collection to folks!. It’s too bad the town of Glenview always gave him grief and hassled him instead of honoring his place with a museum license or whatever they needed to do to make it easier for him to show to the world.. he fought them for years! God speed Lee Hartung and thank you for having such passion in all your years of collecting!

  6. 6 Gina Woods Oct 28th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Dale – are you still in town? Where you staying? I plan on attending….

  7. 7 zyon Oct 28th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    could have watched an hour long video of that stuff…what I wouldnt give to find just one of those in an old barn!

  8. 8 burnout Oct 28th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    WISH I WAS THERE! Man this is super cool!! peace

  9. 9 Iron Horse Oct 28th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    WOW… $20 to get in, 15% buyers premium on purchase price and 9.25% Chicago tax added to all of that. For every $100 you bid, you’ll actually pay roughly $125. He had very cool and rare stuff in his collection, but the auction company and the City is gonna make a killing. Still might be cool to see in person though.

  10. 10 CafeSportyTC Oct 28th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I love this kind of stuff…. its getting rarer and rarer these days

  11. 11 Jeff Nicklus Oct 28th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Very, Very Cool !!!!!!!

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  12. 12 chopmonster66 Oct 28th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    puts chills down my spine to see those machines run after seting so long, what a testement to american craftmenship… the way it use to be. that is the way it should be today. you can still fine that pride in the small builders today, great story

  13. 13 deadwood1783 Oct 28th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    BTW if you haven’t been to Dale’s “Wheels Through Time” Museum in Maggie Valley, NC, it is a must do for anyone who really loves motorcycles. I live about an hour an a half away and can’t get enough of it. Truly a World Class display. CLASS ACT!

  14. 14 chicagojohn Oct 28th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Amazing this stuff was stashed just a few miles from my front door! wow!

  15. 15 Dan Oct 29th, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I´ve already seen the videos a couple of days ago … really amazing stuff. Somebody should buy it all and put it into a huge museum.

  16. 16 Shifter Oct 29th, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Most valuable dust.

  17. 17 Danny902 Oct 29th, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Great. A lot of work coming to restoration shops.

  18. 18 Fausto Oct 29th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    WOW!

  19. 19 Kirk Perry Oct 29th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    How about getting them all running at the same time, on a mile track, going round’ and round’ ?

  20. 20 Cris Sommer Simmons Oct 29th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Love seeing this old stuff. And Dale, you look pretty good too, my friend!
    Nice work on showing the world these beautiful, old machines. Glad they are out of the barn for people to enjoy!

  21. 21 Dave Henshaw Oct 30th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    WOW: I am amazed at how many still run. Would love to have the budget to bid on these and I too would love to pick the piles of parts and stuff.

  22. 22 Wiz Oct 31st, 2011 at 3:02 am

    WAY, WAY, COOL!!! Myself, right now in my shop I got a ’37 Harley Flathead [bored out to 86 c.i.], a ’40 Harley Flathead 74 [it fell off the trailer commin’ back from the swap meet this weekend BUMMER!!], a ’47 Knuckle, and a ’50 Vincent Black Shadow [Yeah, you heard me!!]. I LOVE that old STUFF!!! Wiz

  23. 23 jsdiamond Oct 31st, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    That is the coolest thing ever. What a dream to be able to go through there –and firing up a 50+ year old bike… awesome!

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