Mecum readies for world’s largest vintage motorcycle auction

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This huge room at the South Point contains about half of the motorcycles to cross the block a year ago at Mecum's Las Vegas auction -- and there are more consignments for the 2019 sale taking place this week | Larry Edsall photo

Of the 1,750 vehicles on the docket for Mecum’s 28th annual Las Vegas vintage motorcycle auction scheduled for January 22-26 at the South Point arena and adjacent equestrian center Priefert Pavilion, only 235 are coming from the heralded MC Collection of Stockholm, Sweden.

While those motorcycles will be highly featured at the auction, they aren’t the only coveted machines that will cross the auction block. Indeed, 10 other private collections have consigned motorcycles to the sale, which is the largest such motorcycle auction on the planet.

“Following last year’s phenomenal $13-million-plus in sales and 92-percent sell-through rate, the Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction is certain to again cement its title as the world’s premier vintage motorcycle auction,” Mecum motorcycle division head Ron Christenson is quoted in the pre-auction news release.

This 1934 Crocker Speedway racer from the Dick Shappy Collection is one of three Crockers on the auction docket | Mecum Auctions photo

“For 2019, a significant increase in consignments has only served to enhance the attention that the auction already receives from collectors and enthusiasts globally.”

“The annual event is recognized as the largest global familial-like gathering of consignors, buyers and spectators that share a passion for the history, beauty and camaraderie invoked and inspired by vintage and antique motorcycles,” Mecum Auctions added.

The MC Collection features a 1939 Crocker Big Tank bike, but it is only one of three Crockers on the auction docket. Also crossing the block will be a 1937 Small Tank 61-25 from the Venice 1346 Crocker Collection and an original-condition 1934 Speedway Racer from the Dick Shappy Collection.

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Albert Crocker produced only a few more than 100 motorcycles, ending production as World War II began.

This 1937 Small Tank Crocker 61-25 from theVenice 1346 Crocker Collection is on the Las Vegas docket | Mecum Auctions photo

Other featured motorcycles include, and at no reserve, the Rickey Jensen Indian Collection that includes 15 “barn-found” Indian motorcycles, ranging from a 1908 Single Camelback to a 1948 Chief, as well as hundreds of items of Indian memorabilia.

The Bob Weaver collection has consigned 55 machines, and the dirt-bike-oriented Moto Armory is sending more than 30.

The complete docket and auction details are available on the Mecum Auctions website.

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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