Austrian collector auctions huge array of classic bikes

Architect Michael Embacher puts his entire 203-strong collection of retro bikes up for auction

If you’re not the type to drool over the latest carbon-fibre bikes, then perhaps Michael Embacher’s collection of classic bikes could be enough to get your juices flowing. Over the course of 12 years, the Austrian architect has built up a collection of 203 bikes dating from the 1930s to the present daym, and has seen his machines featured in numerous books about the history of the bicycle.

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€6,000 is the starting price for this one-of-a-kind Moulton folding bike

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However, for reasons that are currently unclear, Embacher is auctioning off his entire collection through the Dorotheum auction house in Vienna.

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The most expensive bike on auction, with an opening price of €6,000 is a handmade titanium SpaceFrame folding bike from Alex Moulton. Dating from 1991, this is a one-of-a-kind frame after Moulton decided to abandon the project, with the 56.8cm frame weighing 9.6kg.

A classic Motobecane - yours for only €50

A classic Motobecane – yours for only €50

At the other end of the scale, there are also twelve lots which come with an opening price of only €50. These include everything from two classic French steel racers from Motobecane and Gitane, to a minimalist folding A-bike from Sinclair.

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Other highlights include the world’s only replica of Francesco Moser’s 1986 Hour Record bike, one of only a handful of “street models” of Mick Burrow’s Lotus Sport bike, and a Bianchi C-4 that still looks futurisitc despite dating from 1988.

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Given the futuristic design, it’s hard to believe that the Bianchi C-4 is nearly 30 years old

Head over to the Dorotheum website to take a look at the full collection (and maybe place a couple of bids).