Flashback. 1940 Crocker Big Tank.

Because of their quality and rarity (nobody knows for sure how many V-Twin Crocker were produced, about 100 units with 65 still in existence), they are some of the most expensive motorcycles ($276,500+) you can buy. Original buyers had to chose the engine displacement, from 80” to 91” or 1491 cc. Owner Albert Crocker ended motorcycle manufacturing in 1942 when his company received a a contract with Douglas Aircraft to make aircraft parts for the US army during WWII, a business that he realized was much more profitable than building motorcycles. (photo @ Doug Mitchel  630.605.6276)

11 Responses to “Flashback. 1940 Crocker Big Tank.”

  1. 1 Fzzzz Jul 13th, 2017 at 9:20 am

    What a beautiful bike. It just takes your breath away.

  2. 2 KIrk Perry Jul 13th, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Sump oiler, located at the bottom of the motor, like an early Indian.

  3. 3 franco Jul 13th, 2017 at 10:23 am

    So whatever happened to the Canadian guy who was picking up where Crocker left off?

  4. 4 GrowUp Jul 13th, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Ain’t been nothing motorcycle wise before or since nearly as incredible – beauty , speed , engineering or quality wise as Crocker coming out of the US .

    PS; Franco . The ‘new’ Crocker has pretty much and wisely in my opinion been relegated to creating parts for restoration purposes and merchandise . But to be honest after having trawled around the web and their site I’m not even sure they’re still doing that . Too bad cause they had one heck of a Crocker T-Shirt on offer 😉

  5. 5 Guy Jul 13th, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I’m in Love.

  6. 6 Joe Jul 13th, 2017 at 3:56 pm


  7. 7 seymour Jul 13th, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Crocker and Ace 4 Cylinder – the best of America

  8. 8 Lyle Landstrom Jul 13th, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    There’s still a few out there unaccounted for. And even some of Paul Bigsby’s original patterns for them.

  9. 9 Brian Bell Jul 14th, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    When ever Crocker comes up I get to point out that as the evolution of Jud Carrikers shop (the Orange County, CA Crocker Distributor), we are in the position to honor Crocker’s original guarantee – “If you are ever beat in a straight up race with any other stock motorcycle we will buy back the bike at full, new retail price”.

  10. 10 Pat h Jul 14th, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Hahaha good one Brian any takers yet, true story though

  11. 11 Francesco Jul 15th, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Pour une ancienne””elle est tres belle”surtout vu l’année!!

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