McQueen’s deep affinity for mechanical engineering that was ahead of its time was incredibly clear with this bike. This bonkers brakeless bicycle produced an astonishing 45hp with its OHC V-Twin. At the time, it was quite simply the most advanced American-made motorcycle available—and came an entire 80 years before the V-Rod.

Sadly, the company only lasted for three years—and had focused itself largely on racing rather than production bikes. As ever, racing was an expensive habit, and that focus was what did the company in.