2019 Las Vegas Vintage & Antique Motorcycle AuctionBy Gordon Perlow
This years Mecum Motorcycle auction in January was again held at the South Point Hotel. There were over 1,750 motorcycles up for auction. Prices varied from $1-2,000 up to $704,000 for a 1939 Croker big tank. A collection of 235 museum quality bikes were brought over from a single collection from Stockholm, Sweden.
Every bike was listed at no reserve and they all sold over their predicted prices. There were several Brough’s the bike made famous by the legendary T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), who owned seven at the time of his death.
The auction also featured various pieces of antique motorcycle collectibles and art work. The auction ran for five full days. It was fun and exciting. This was only my second time there. Not only were so many great bikes to see and watch the crowd bid, but it was a social event to meet and talk with motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world.
This year I got this awesome 1961 Triumph T120C. This bike was the American version that was sold at Johnson Motors, in California, made famous by the late Bud Ekins. By the way, he was a racing partner of the late great Steve Mcqueen and Mr. Ekins was famous for making that infamous barb wire jump in the film “The Great Escape”.
I’ll be back next year and maybe I’ll get another bike. Possibly another blue one to match the BSA and Triumph. I highly recommend going there for the experience alone. Maybe I’ll see you there.