Captain America Chopper in Warehouse Fire

Officials suspect arson

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Dec. 14, 2010
The last remaining original Captain America chopper from “Easy Rider” reportedly survived a fire that destroyed the building that housed it along with a collection of antique vehicles.

The fire broke out Dec. 13 at a warehouse in Austin, Texas that houses 22 classic cars and eight vintage motorcycles including the Captain America chopper, belonging to collector Gordon Granger. Local news outlet KXAN reports the vehicle collection suffered some smoke and heat damage from the fire. The Captain America chopper reportedly survived the fire and was found covered in soot, though the extent of any damage remains to be seen.

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“It is a very, very significant motorcycle and perhaps the most well-known motorcycle in the world,” Granger told KXAN.

Firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after the fire was reported at 2:42 p.m. KXAN reports the fire was put out in about 20 minutes, but not soon enough to prevent $100,000 damage to the building and $1 million in damage to the vehicles inside.

Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set, but as yet there are no suspects. The building itself was marked “A-1 Hardware and A-1 Glass” and windows were covered, and neighbors say they were unaware the building housed a valuable collection of cars and motorcycles.

Captain America chopper from Easy Rider

Granger purchased the Captain America chopper at an auction in 1996 from actor Dan Haggerty, best known for the title role in “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” and had an uncredited role in “Easy Rider”. Haggerty rebuilt the chopper, which was originally a 1952 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide, after it was damaged in a crash at the end of the film.