HomeThe MarketMecum’s inaugural Chicago motorcycle sale does $1.3 million

Mecum’s inaugural Chicago motorcycle sale does $1.3 million


1970 MV Agusta MV600 roadster sells for $40,000 | Mecum photos
1970 MV Agusta MV600 roadster sells for $40,000 | Mecum photos

Mecum Auctions’ inaugural MidAmerica Chicago motorcycle auction found new owners for 169 vintage and antique motorcycles last weekend and generated $1,309,043 in total sales.

“We were excited to hold our first auction in the Chicagoland area,” Ron Christenson, president of Mecum’s MidAmerica Motorcycle Division, said in a news release. “The crowds shared in that enthusiasm, which was great to see. There isn’t anything else like this in the area.

“Vintage and antique motorcycles are in themselves a rarity, so finding an auction that offers so many is a true treat for enthusiasts.”

Flying Merkel racer brings top dollar at Chicago auction
Flying Merkel racer brings top dollar at Chicago auction

The top sale at the auction was a 1912 Flying Merkel board track racing motorcycle that hammered sold for $65,000 (Mecum reports hammer prices that do not include the buyer’s premium).

Among other highlights, a 1949 Indian Arrow previously owned by Steve McQueen hammered for $33,000.

Top 10 sales, Mecum MidAmerica Chicago auction, 2016

  1. 1912 Flying Merkel Board Tracker, $65,000
  2. 1906 Indian Camelback, $41,000
  3. 1970 MV Agusta MV600 Roadster, $40,000
  4. 1949 Indian Arrow Steve McQueen, $33,000
  5. 1913 Indian V Twin, $33,000
  6. 1943 BMW R75 Gespanne, $30,000
  7. 1949 Triumph Tiger, $30,000
  8. 1929 Harley-Davidson Model D 45, $29,500
  9. 1950 Vincent Comet, $25,500
  10. 1939 BMW R71, $25,000

(Prices do not include buyer’s premium.)


The Mecum Auctions team already is back at work this weekend with its inaugural collector car sale in Portland, Oregon. The next MidAmerica motorcycle auction is scheduled for August 18-20, when 50 motorcycles will be included in Mecum’s Monterey auction.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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