As the auction for the two Cadillac design-inspired custom motorcycles from the “American Chopper” series comes to a close, one winner will be certain – CureDuchenne, the national non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne, the most progressive and lethal form of muscular dystrophy. The auction already has bids in excess of $150,000 for the two custom-built motorcycles. Bidding continues until the auction closes at 5:50 p.m. EDT on July 31. The auction proceeds will be added to more than $500,000 that Cadillac has helped the organization raise since last September.
Leveraging the iconic Cadillac brand equity, the Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper” series pit the highly competitive father-and-son duo Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. in a contest to design and build the best Cadillac design-inspired chopper. Paul Teutul Sr.’s Cadillac-inspired chopper features a 160-hp diamond-cut and polished S&S wedge motor, large Brembo brakes, an angular frame, handlebars and lighting, and a centered rear exhaust similar to the CTS Coupe.
The bike also features other Cadillac design cues, including a V-Series mesh tank area (containing a nitrous-oxide system), V-series badges and a CTS clock on the center tank.
By contrast, Paul Jr.’s chopper has a more fluid design, blending curves around angular chevron design accents, side pipes and black diamond paint with Cadillac V-Series insignia. It also has a Crazy Horse motor, air suspension, large yellow V-inspired brake calipers, and taillights and trunk badges from a CTS sedan on the wide rear fender. Paul Jr.’s cycle is the favorite among fans with more than 138,000 members joining his Facebook page and bids for his chopper topping $110,000. Bids for Paul Sr.’s chopper have topped $50,000 with almost 10,000 Facebook members.