Mecum back in Vegas with another motorcycle auction

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THe 1931 Indian flat tank four is a featured bike from the Ernest 'Bud' Cox collection | Mecum Auctions photos
THe 1931 Indian flat tank four is a featured bike from the Ernest ‘Bud’ Cox collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum launches its inaugural summer motorcycle auction in Las Vegas this weekend, with about 600 vintage collector bikes consigned for the three-day event. The sale takes place at the South Point Casino, Hotel and Spa, with a preview day Thursday and motorcycles crossing the block on Friday and Saturday.

The sale is the second motorcycle auction held by Mecum in Vegas this year, the other one taking place annually in January, a longstanding event that the auction company continued four years ago when it acquired MidAmerica Auctions. Mecum also holds a motorcycle auction during Monterey Car Week in conjunction with its collector car auction in Monterey, California.

This 1967 Husqvarna 250 Commando was owned by Steve McQueen
This 1967 Husqvarna 250 Commando was owned by Steve McQueen

The Vegas auction takes the place of Mecum’s bike sale in Chicago, which was held one time in June 2016.

“The continued growth of our Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction in January spurred the demand by consignors and buyers for another event in Las Vegas,” said Ron Christenson, who heads Mecum’s motorcycle division, in a news release. “Three fabulous collections and hundreds of other consignments should establish our new June motorcycle auction on the calendars of collectors as another ‘can’t-miss’ event.”

The three featured collections come from two-wheeler enthusiasts who are well-known in the collector bike community, offering a range of vintage, classic and contemporary motorcycles.

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About 100 motorcycles come from the Zimmerman Brothers Collection, and include a group of Husqvarna motocross bikes previously owned by such famous Hollywood stars as Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson and others. Mark and Randy Zimmerman also are offering one of the finest collections of restored Triumph motorcycles in the U.S.

A 1969 BSA Rocket III comes from the Tim Fabian collection
A 1969 BSA Rocket III comes from the Tim Fabian collection

The estate of Ernest “Bud” Cox, a former columnist for Antique Motorcycle magazine who wrote under the byline “The Old Sage,” offers 30 motorcycles ranging back to antiques from the early 20th Century and includes a group of 14 Indians, such as a 1906 single-cylinder racer, a 1931 Indian Four, a Resto Modded 1936 Indian Sport Scout with a telescopic fork and disc front brake, and Cox’s own custom-built Indian “Super 6.”

The Cox collection also brings to the auction block 11 Harley-Davidsons from 1914 through 2001, including World War II military models, plus bikes from Pope, Excelsior, Reading-Standard, Honda and Whizzer.

British bikes are the focus of the Tim Fabian Collection, with 10 of them that include a number of BSAs, with such rare examples as a 1969 BSA Rocket III and the 1971 BSA 750 Lightning. Also offered are a 1,000 cc, six-cylinder 1980 Honda CBX, a 2005 Triumph Rocket III and a 2012 BMW KT 1600 GTL.

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A “Legends of Racing” Preview Party takes place Thursday from 5 to 7 pm, open to all buyers, sellers and spectators, featuring question-and-answer sessions with three legendary motorcycle racers: Don Castro, Gene Romero and Jay Springsteen.

For information about the Las Vegas motorcycle auction, visit Mecum’s website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.