Singles rule: 1908 H-D “Strap Tank” and 1908 Indian board track racer will star at Mecum’s 2016 Las Vegas motorcycle auction. Photo courtesy Mecum
Auction houses Bonhams and Mecum are gearing up for their annual Las Vegas classic motorcycle auctions. Bonhams will hold its one-day auction Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at Bally’s Hotel & Casino while Mecum will continue the three-day auction extravaganza established by MidAmerica Auction (Mecum acquired MidAmerica in 2013) when it holds the 25th Annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Jan. 7-9, 2016, at South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall.
It’s early in the consignment process and final sale offerings are still pending, but both Bonhams and Mecum are trumpeting a few of the special motorcycles they’ll have on sale.
Bonhams will feature a one-owner-from-new 1955 Vincent Black Prince and a replica 1929 Indian-Crocker overhead valve conversion. The lightly modified Vincent, which travelled 130,000 miles under its owner, is expected to fetch between $90,000 to $120,000 when it goes under the hammer. The Indian-Crocker, one of a handful constructed by builder Gwen Banquer, is a copy of Al Crocker’s overhead valve conversion for the Indian 101 Scout, faithfully reproduced to the last detail. Bonhams’ 2015 sale featured 220-plus motorcycles; expect the same for 2016.
Mecum has announced a number of rare, early American machines, including a restored 1908 Harley-Davidson “Strap Tank” single and a restored 1908 Indian board track racer. Mecum hasn’t given presale estimates, but both bikes could top $200,000. Mecum’s 2015 sale featured 714 motorcycles; 700 are promised for the 2016 sale, along with parts and memorabilia. MC
Bonhams’ Vegas auction will feature this one-owner, 130,000-mile 1955 Vincent Black Prince. Photo courtesy Bonhams