Arthur Feilbach was twenty years old when he built his first motorcycle in 1904 in Milwaukee with the help of his younger brother William. He then started a production of a few units per year that interested the local users. Encouraged by these early achievements, Arthur founded in 1907 the Feilbach Motor Co.
1913 is a promising year. The young brand participates in the specialized professional exhibitions of Milwaukee and Chicago with a new model equipped with a V-twin engine. The company installs a spacious and modern factory and begins production in larger series. The high end is named Feilbach Limited to evoke the special care taken in its manufacturing.
Feilbach relies on his skills as engineer to offer a 'lighter, stronger and faster motorcycle', in the wording of the brand's advertisements at that time. Unfortunately the replacement of the chain drive by a two-speed camshaft has to be abandoned due to teething problems. Disconcerted by this technical issue and perhaps also discouraged by the competition from Harley-Davidson, the Feilbach brothers close the factory before the end of 1914.
After this closure and before the definitive termination of activity which will take place without a successor in 1916, Arthur Feilbach uses available parts to assemble in 1915 a last Feilbach Limited for his personal use. This unique motorcycle remained for seven decades in the family of the brand's founder. It is estimated $ 150K for sale by Bonhams in Las Vegas on January 26, lot 250.
SOLD for $ 195K including premium