Bonhams offers bikes from 2 collections at its Vegas auction

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Bonhams is rolling out the docket for its annual motorcycle auction in Las Vegas by announcing several early British and American machines, each group coming out of East Coast collections.

Going to the auction, which is moving from the Rio resort to Caesar’s Entertainment Studio’s just off The Strip, are a 1918 Harley-Davidson Model J, a 1916 Excelsior, a 1941 Indian Big Base Scout and a dozen other motorcycles from one collection.

Indian racer (left) will cross the block at Caesar’s Entertainment Studio

The 1941 Indian is a factory-racing prototype, and the ’16 Harley and ’16 Excelsior are both twin-cylinder board-track racing bikes. The ’18 Harley is offered in unrestored condition.

Also on the docket, Bonhams said, are bikes from another collection including two Newcastle-upon-Tyne (NUT) bikes, one from 1913 and the other from 135, plus a 1938 AJS Model 2, as well as a 1948 Vincent Rapide and a 1949 Vincent Black Shadow C.

British bikes consigned for sale from another East Coast-based collection

The ’13 NUT is powered by 90-bore, overhead-valve engine that Bonhams says may be the only one surviving.

The auction is scheduled for January 23 at its new location, which is just behind Bally’s casino and resort.

For more information, visit the auction website.

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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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