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Mecum’s vintage motorcycle auction hits a $22 million jackpot in Las Vegas

Sales up 21 percent over the same event in 2021

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While folks were bidding on collector cars a week ago in Arizona, others were at South Point in Las Vegas for Mecum’s 31st annual Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction, where sales totaled $22 million, a reported 21 percent increase over the 2021 auction.

The sale posted a 93 percent sell-through as 1,221 of the 1,310 motorcycles on the docket went to new owners, Mecum Auctions adds.

Mecum also notes that all of the top-10 sellers hammered for 6-figure prices, led by a 1938 Brough Superior SS110 that sold for $236,500 (sales prices include buyers fee).

“The iconic motorcycle boasted a professional restoration and resulting awards, including People’s Choice from the San Jose Clubman Show and Best of Show at El Camino,” Mecum said. 

1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow
This 1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow sells for $231,000

Also selling for $200,000 or more were a 1951 Vincent Black Shadow Series C, a 1917 Henderson Model G Four Cylinder, and a 1936 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead.

The docket featured bikes from several private collections, with the so-called Harley-Davidson Heritage Collection bringing $4.1 million and the 14-bike Bob & Dolva Mitchell Collection going for $1.3 million.

Road Art contributed more than $550,000 to the auction sales with a life-size bronze by Jeff Decker selling for $88,500 and another of his works bringing $67,260. 

Top-10 sales, Mecum Las Vegas motorcycles 2022

  1. 1938 Brough Superior SS100, $236,500
  2. 1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow, $231,000
  3. 1917 Henderson Model G Four Cylinder, $203,500
  4. 1936 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead, $203,500
  5. 1919 Harley-Davidson J Twin, $165,000
  6. 1939 Indian Four Cylinder, $159,500
  7. 1941 Harley-Davidson TA Knucklehead, $154,000
  8. 1932 Indian Four Cylinder, $154,000
  9. 1940 Indian Four Cylinder, $154,000
  10. 1931 Henderson Four Cylinder, $154,000

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

1917 Henderson Model G Four Cylinder
1917 Henderson Model G Four Cylinder goes to new owner for $203,500

Mecum Auctions next sales are its collector car event March 16-19 at Glendale, Arizona, and the Spring Classic tractors ’n’ trucks event by its Gone Farmin’ division March 24-26 at East Moline, Illinois, where the docket features Mecum’s sixth Premier Truck Auction with 150 vintage trucks.

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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