1910 Harley IOE Single Headed for Vegas Auction
Words and Photos: John Gunnell
Heading for auction soon is a 1910 Harley-Davidson IOE single-cylinder motorcycle from the collection of J.T. Stewart. Mecum Auctions had the gray-colored bike on display at its SEMA Show booth in Las Vegas. The IOE single is an interesting piece of early motorcycle history. It features an atmospheric intake valve, a Schebler carburetor, a Bosch magneto ignition system, a belt-drive system and a coaster brake.
J.T. Stewart was a successful businessman and professional machinist for nearly 50 years. Stewart formed Nasca Machine with Chauvin Emmons in 1983 and was the owner of Dynamic Machine & Fabrication of Phoenix, Ariz., from 1967 until the time of his death in 2012.
As a leading manufacturer of aerospace, military/defense, semi-conductor, oil-tool, commercial equipment and automotive products, Dynamic Machine was focused on the perfectionism that Stewart demanded.
Syewart was a gyed in the wool gearhead who manufactured clutch and fuel-management systems used in most Top Fuel dragsters and Funny cars. He became a renowned collector of cars amd motorcycles and did restorations of both types of machines. He also built parts for engines and racing cars, in addition to being an aviator and a firearms collector who made his own guns.
When it came to his 1910 Harley, Stewart preferred having the bike restored by an expert. He hired Steve Huntzingrer Restorations of Arroyo, Calif., to make his prized motorcycle look like new. Huntzinger is best known for his restoration of “The Word’s Fastest Indian” that New Zealander Burt Munro set recortds with at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Mecum plans to offer this motorcycle for sale at its Midamerica Motorcycles by Mecum Auctions sale at South Point Casino, in Las Vegas, on Jan. 7-9, 2016.