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Top 10 Motorcycles At Mecum Auction In Las Vegas 2015 Brought In Over $800,000 Collectively
Recently Mecum's conducted an auction consisting of 750 motorcycles at the South Pointe Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Of those 750, many, if not most, were valuable antiques. There were 10 in particular that stood out amongst the rest and fetched upwards of over $800,000 collectively. Here's how things panned out for those Top 10 motorcycles at the Mecum auction in Las Vegas.
1. 1952 Vincent C Rapide – The V-Twin from the Sinless Cycles LLC collection sold for $132,500. It has a 1000cc OHV engine and a 4-speed tranny in original condition with original paint. It reads less than 10,000 miles, has factory documentation for being 1 of only 12 built with a black chassis and 1 of 107 painted with Chinese Red tinwork. It's only had three owners since it was originally purchased.
2. 1918 Henderson 4 Cylinder – A meticulously restored original bike with a 1000 cc engine, this 4 cylinder was purchased for the top bid of $87,500 at the Mecum auction.
3. 1927 BMW R47 Racer – Extremely rare in the U.S., this 500 cc motorcycle with factory race front brake and rare Henne handlebars sold for $80,000.
4. 1933 Matchless Silverhawk – Another bike from Sinless Cycles, this 600 cc narrow angle V-4 with bevel drive OHC engine and 4-speed hand-change tranny features dual spring cantilever triangulated rear suspension, single spring girder fork and linked brakes. The final bid took it for $80,000.
5. 1923 Hirsch Berlin – A rare 350 cc Bosch side valve opposed twin with ash wood frame. It's believed to be the only remaining example of this bike in existence. Comprehensively restored in Germany, it sold for $76,000.
6. 1929 Indian Ace Four – The 1265 cc inlet over exhaust inline 4 cylinder with 3-speed tranny is a left-side hand shift with a trailing link leaf spring girder fork and matching numbers. It's said to have been on display in London for many years and is currently road ready. The winner paid $75,000.
7. 1940 Indian – With valenced fenders, this iconic motorcycle has a 78 CI inline F-head 4 cylinder with a 3-speed tranny and leaf spring girder fork. It features an Indian fringed solo seat and leather bags, side and center stand, toolbox and original key included. It sold for $75,000.
8. 1911 Harley-Davidson 7A Single – This one was an older restoration piece that's believed to be original. It has a 30.17 CI engine with nominal 4 HP and Bosch magneto. The particulars include a single speed belt drive, coaster brake and a Columbia headlamp. It even came equipped with a tire pump. The winning bid was $70,000.
9. 1914 Thor 14A – From the Gary Hite Estate collection, this Aurora Automatic Machine Co. motorcycle has a 76.25 CI 50 degree V-Twin inlet over exhaust with a Schebler carburetor, Bosch magneto and a 2-speed rear hub. The highest bid topped out at $70,000.
10. 1903 Rex Belt Drive – The oldest motorcycle in the group of Top 10 Motorcycles at the Mecum auction in Las Vegas, this rare 2 ¼ HP 344 cc single-cylinder Rex with belt drive is unrestored and considered to be well preserved. It is currently in running condition and sold for $66,000.
The Top 10 Motorcycles collectively totaled $812,000 in total bids for the highest priced bikes of the event.