1929 Cleveland 4-61 Tornado
The Cleveland Motorcycle Manufacturing Company certainly reached its high water mark in 1929 with the introduction of its Tornado and Century models.
Arguably the best performing and best styled of the American Fours. Their startling performance was not enough to outrun the effects of the Great Depression. Cleveland ceased production at the end of 1929 after building some 450 of these variants.
Finished in either Potomac Blue or Mephisto Red. Either colour highlighted the shape of the sloping streamline four gallon fuel tank which is the focal point of Tornados distinctive appearance.
The Collection’s Tornado was owned and restored by Eldon Brown in Canada.
It then went to a prominent collector in New Zealand, where it was recommissioned for riding. The Collection purchased it in 2022 and it is ridden frequently.