Largest Vintage Motorcycles Auction Is January 7-9th In Las Vegas

indianscoutMidAmerica Auctions has  already conducted more than 80 Vintage, Classic, and Special Interest Motorcycle Auctions in cities across the United States. The one in Las Vegas from January 7th to 9th, 2010 will be the largest with about 500 collector motorcycles expected to change hands. If you want to consign a motorcycle, it’s till time and you can do it online at . I spent a lot of time looking at all what will be offered and do the same, at least for the pleasure of your eyes and learn a little bit more about motorcycle history. Too many I like, including these 2. 

Top. triumphmotorcycleA 1948  Indian Daytona Scout 948 , 750cc. Only 50 ever built. Restored to factory delivery condition. Engine interior race modified by Bill Hess, Rockford, Illinois in the 1950s. Winner of many awards.

Below. A 1948 Triumph 5T Speed Twin, 500cc. A rare panel tank 1948 5T Speed Twin. Older restoration. Engine and transmission were completely rebuilt by the legendary mechanic A.J. Lewis.

8 Responses to “Largest Vintage Motorcycles Auction Is January 7-9th In Las Vegas”

  1. 1 nicker Dec 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    The pleasure is owning and riding a part of motorcycle history.
    One thing is evident, the price of such iron is not going down anytime soon.
    A good rule of thumb…… If ya REALY want it…. GET IT NOW.

    I wanted a Vincent.
    Found several (barn fresh) at an Action.
    The first one went (as i recall) for $400.
    Bid against Araln Ness for the last one.
    Mike McQueen whispered “go for it, it’s worth it, I’d buy it but I already have a Rappid”
    I dropped out at $900 ……. thought it was over priced.
    Later that year Mike offered me his rappid for $5k…… another opportunity missed due to sticker shock.

    Recently found the original SF auction house list…… couldn’t believe the stuff i passed up
    I didn’t take one bike home (unbelievable)……. 🙁


  2. 2 Dec 4th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Reminds me when I passed up a Crocker for 6K in the early 80’s. Of course, back then I didn’t have the money.

    Currently, the used bike market is way down for everyday bikes but the vintage collector bike market is as high as it’s ever been. Just proves that the people who’ve got the money, are still willing to spend it on something their passionate about.

  3. 3 Brandon Dec 5th, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Which bikes of these last 10 years will become collectibles? Anyone with an idea?

  4. 4 Dec 5th, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I would say the Honda Rebel or the Suzuki Savage would be the bike of choice for the modern day collector. Get them now while they are cheap.

    Steve Carr

  5. 5 tattooeddmike Dec 5th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    As far as collectable, I don’t see any metric type bikes becoming collectible…at least in the near furture. (beyond the person who has a sentamental reason for collecting them). Collectable is relative for you if you want a partictular bike and have the $$$. For myself, if I had the money, it would be the American Standards: Harley’s, Indian’s, and then, English machines starting with the Norton’s….
    Some might think that narrow minded, but we all have our favorites.

  6. 6 The Dude Dec 6th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Where is the auction going to be held, and is it open to the general public?

  7. 7 nicker Dec 6th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    “…don’t see any metric type bikes becoming collectible…”

    Haven’t looked lately, but even 10 years ago a Kawasaki Eddy Lawson replica was in demand and hard to find.

    Early 60’s Honda 305 Hawks are in demand and not easily found in serviceable shape.

    Seems most of the production metric turbo-charged models are holding their price.


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