Pre-war motorcycles top Mecum’s Vegas auction

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1929 Cleveland Tornado Four Cylinder shares high-sale honors at Las Vegas sale | Mecum Auctions photos

A pair of pre-war bikes — a 1929 Cleveland tornado and a 1913 Harley-Davidson — shared the top sales spot at Mecum’s June 2018 Vintage and Antique Motorcycle Auction at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas, where each sold for $88,000.

1913 Harley-Davidson 9A 5-35 Single also sells for $88K

Overall, the two-day auction delivered 271 motorcycles to new owners for a total of $3 million.

“Once again, high-quality motorcycles saw their status confirmed on the auction block,” auction manager Greg Arnold was quoted in Mecum’s news release.

The 1929 Cleveland Tornado Four Cylinder was part of the Jim Lattin Collection. The streamline “long tank” bike is one of only two known to exist. It was part of the Harrah’s Museum Collection and has been owned by Lattin since 1983.

The 1913 Harley 9A 5-35 Single still wears its original paint and leather belt drive but has a professionally restored engine. 

Prices reported for those and other bikes include buyer’s fee.

Top 10 sales, Mecum June Las Vegas 2018

1912 Indian Big Base 8-valve
  1. 1929 Cleveland Tornado Four Cylinder, $88,000
  2. 1913 Harley-Davidson 9A 5-35 Single, $88,000
  3. 1912 Indian Big Base 8-valve, $82,500
  4. 2008 NCR Ducati Mike Hailwood TT, $77,000
  5. 1942 Harley-Davidson FL, $77,000
  6. 1975 Ducati 750SS, $71,500
  7. 1937 Indian Chief with sidecar, $66,000
  8. 1914 Harley-Davidson 11K, $55,000
  9. 1959 BMW R60 with TR500 Steib sidebar, $55,000
  10. 1929 BMW $62, $50,600
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(Prices include buyer’s fee).

In addition to the two Ducatis that achieved top-10 sales status, a one-off 2017 Ducati Scrambler Icon designed by celebrity tattoo artist Grime and customized as part of the Ducati North America’s “Maverick” program, sold for $42,900 to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. 

Mecum Auctions next sale is scheduled for June 8-9 at Denver.

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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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