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January 5, 2023

Amazing Photos of the 1930 Henderson KJ Streamline

Henderson was one of the major motorcycle brands in the early part of the 20th Century. Unfortunately, like many others, they could not survive the Great Depression and ceased production in 1931. Before they did, however, a handful of Model KJ Streamline motorcycles were produced.

With its 1,200-cc, 40-brake horsepower, in-line four-cylinder engine, the 1930 Henderson Model KJ Streamline could exceed 100 mph. In an era when streamlining was used sparingly in motorcycle design, American Orley Ray Courtney’s enclosed bodywork was virtually unknown on production two-wheelers (except for a few racing machines), making the KJ an unusual and beautiful example of Art Deco design.

Courtney believed that the motorcycle industry failed to provide weather protection and luxury for its riders. His radically streamlined KJ body shell was unlike anything ever done on two wheels. The sleek vehicle had a curved, vertical-bar grille, reminiscent of the Chrysler Airflow, and the rear resembled an Auburn boat-tail speedster. The panels were hand-formed of steel with a power hammer.

Here below is a set of amazing photos of the 1930 Henderson KJ Streamline.


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