Van Veen OCR 1000

Van Veen OCR 1000
In the late 1970s, this was one of the most exotic motorcycles of all—the rotary-engined Van Veen. It was created by Henk van Veen, the Dutch importer of Kreidler motorcycles. When Kreidler hit the wall, van Veen switched his attention to building the ultimate superbike, the OCR 1000 of 1976. The engine was designed by Audi-NSU for the Citroën GS automobile, and Porsche developed the gearbox. (If you’re thinking it looks a little like a Guzzi, you’re right: the prototype actually used a Guzzi chassis.) But the bike was too heavy at 350 kg, and too expensive at over $15,000; only thirty or so Van Veens were made over two years. In 2005 one came up at auction in London, and sold for over $37,000—four times the estimate. [Thanks to Spencer Isaachsen. Image from a terrific Flickr photoset taken at the 2009 Internationale Oldtimer Manifestatie in Assen by Jolanda Graaf.]

Canon EOS 450D | 1/30s | f/4.0 | ISO 1600 | Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens