Following the success of the inaugural summer Mecum Las Vegas Vintage Motorcycle Auction last June, which achieved $4.4 million in sales with an 80-percent sell-through rate, Mecum will again return to the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 with an estimated 600 vintage and collectible motorcycles on offer (Pictured: 1957 Moto Guzzi Airone).
The event will kick off with a Legends of Racing Preview Party on Thursday, May 31 at 4 p.m. hosted by Don Emde and featuring Brad Lackey, Eddie Lawson, Kenny Roberts and Bubba Shobert. The auction will start Friday morning at 10 a.m., and the current lineup is chock-full of desirable collector motorcycles.
Nearly 100 bikes from The Jim Lattin Collection will be among the auction’s featured attractions. The collection represents more than 100 years of two-wheelers from a turn-of-the-century De Dion-Bouton, a 1905 Iver Johnson and a 1916 Shaw Motor Bike, to present-day examples from Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Yamaha and more.
The Best of Show Collection comprises 21 no-reserve consignments with nearly all restored by master motorcycle craftsmen including Don Harrell, Martin Schalkwijk, Jim Hiddleston, Rod Wheeler, Lars Petersen, Dale Matteson and Jim Kilau – all noted to be among the best in the world in their respective fields of expertise. Among the Best of Show Collection are selections from BSA, Matchless, Norton and others with Triumphs ruling the roost; his Bonneville T120s span from 1966 through 1969, and three of them carry the “R” racing designation.
Other collections consigned to Mecum’s Las Vegas June motorcycle auction encompass bikes from the Estate of R.J. Casale, including motorcycles that were impeccably restored like a 1960 Cushman Super Eagle, a 1953 Indian Chief and a 1965 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra Glide; the Tim Walker Collection, an assemblage that consists of Italian, French, English and American bikes; a dozen racing bikes from collector Bob Weaver; and, 10 motorcycles from the John McNulty Collection, nine of which will be offered without reserves.
Bidder registration for the auction is available online in advance for $100—or $200 at the auction—and includes admission for two to each auction day. General admission tickets are available in advance online at Mecum.com for $20, and for $30 at the door and online after May 31. Children 12 years of age and younger receive complimentary admission. Doors open daily at 8 a.m. with the auction beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. Portions of the event will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, June 3 from 1 to7 p.m. A livestream of the entire auction will be presented at Mecum.com.
Mecum’s website is updated daily with the latest consignments, including detailed descriptions and photographs of the motorcycles. To view the list, consign a motorcycle or register as a bidder, visit Mecum.com, or call (262) 275-5050 for more information.