Largest Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction In 24-Year History. Las Vegas Jan. 8-10.

Mecum Auctions will present MidAmerica’s 24th annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Jan. 8-10, 2015 at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas. As the most anticipated antique motorcycle auction of the year, the three-day event is open to all and draws participants from all 50 states and around the world. This year will see a record 750 antique and collector motorcycles cross the auction block spanning a full century of production from 1903 to 2003.

1937IndianScoutThe auction will feature no less than 10 private collections from some of the hobby’s well-known enthusiasts. Among them is an assemblage of 40 motorcycles from The Shane Van Pelt Collection, most of which will be offered at no reserve, as well as a great selection from the personal collection of Don Andress, owner and operator of the Las Vegas Harley-Davidson dealership. A lineup of 44 excellent examples from the David Silver Spares Collection will be offered all at no reserve, and an additional 21 motorcycles at no reserve from The Buddy Stubbs Collection will also cross the auction block.

1976YamahaOW72KennyRobertsOther main-attraction consignments include a 1966 Harley-Davidson CRTT (Lot S77) documented as having been ridden by National Champion Racer Mert Lawwill. The bike is the first CR Sprint Harley-Davidson received from Italy in 1966 and one of only six Harley-Davidson factory team CRTT bikes built. Another auction headliner, from The Gary Davis Collection, is the actual stunt bike used in the 1990 Marvel Comics ‘Captain America’ movie (Lot S124), ridden by Gary Davis himself. For the antique motorcycle collectors, there will be a 1911 Harley-Davidson Model 7A (Lot S115) in original, unrestored condition. This small sampling only scratches the surface of the extensive selection of motorcycles that will be offered for sale throughout the three-day event.

A live stream of the entire auction will be presented at with portions also broadcast on NBC Sports Network. The auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators with general admission tickets available at the gate for $20 per person, per day or $50 for a three-day pass; children ages 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Bidder registration is $100 and includes admission for two to all auction days. Doors open daily at 8 a.m. with the auction beginning on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9 and 10, at 10 a.m. An exclusive preview party sponsored by Las Vegas Harley-Davidson will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7 from noon to 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and shuttles from South Point to LVHD will be provided during both preview periods. All registered bidders are invited to attend the preview sessions at no additional cost. Auction: Motorcycles start at 4 p.m. on Thursday and at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

From top to bottom. 1958 BSA Gold Star, 1937 Indian Scout, 1976 Yamaha OW72

11 Responses to “Largest Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction In 24-Year History. Las Vegas Jan. 8-10.”

  1. 1 Rodent Jan 3rd, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I understand than Mecum bought out Mid-AMERICA and the auction is a Mecum event

  2. 2 richards Jan 3rd, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Three beautiful bikes…It’s funny how those 650 Yams keep popping up. Now I wish I had kept mine….The BSA and the Indian capture the essence of the word “classic”.

  3. 3 nicker Jan 3rd, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Hmmmmmm …???
    Several collectors selling presumably collectable bikes at “no reserve”…???
    -A- either one hell of an opportunity or
    -B- a signal to tighten your belts.

    Seems to me, those who have the spare change to dabble in increasingly expensive two-wheel toys normally don’t bail out without a good reason.

    So i’m wondering where will the money go from here….???
    (car prices are getting stupid, silver & gold have been flat)

    Just wondering.

  4. 4 SIGFREED Jan 4th, 2015 at 9:50 am


    This is not the NYSE sub-section – but you ask some very pertinent question.

    Seems nobody wants to be caught with their “nickers” on their knees when QE evaporates…

  5. 5 Ralph Brenner Jan 4th, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Sigfreed. FYI QE ended in October and the economy will continue to do fine. The USA has right now the best economy in the world. Good days ahead with low inflation during 5 to 10 years.

  6. 6 Jan 4th, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Ralph please give us the name of your pharmacist.

  7. 7 nicker Jan 4th, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Repeat after me…….

    “…..$20Trillion in debt and climbing with no end in sight….”

    and don’t stop until you come to your senses.


  8. 8 nicker Jan 4th, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    But back to the bikes, Could it be that there are collectors who are taking advantage of the current high prices to get rid of some of their their, “not exactly OEM show ready” bikes…???

    Don’t know about that Indian, but that Gold Star is less than “original.”
    Just at a glance, its showing the wrong tank, wrong oil-bag, wrong forks, wrong front wheel, wrong seat, wrong rear fender stays, wrong front fender.

    Don’t get me wrong, its a great period hot-rod and certainly would make a great track-day or daily driver (if your a good mechanic). Just the sort of thing i like… but not a “collectors” show bike by any stretch of the imagination. Might just be a DB32….???

    Wonder how the Mecum catalog has listed listed….???


  9. 9 Ralph Brenner Jan 5th, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Nicker & Siegried. You don’t know what you are talking about.

    In 2014 and already during the 3 years before the trade deficit went down. The down trend is accelerating because price of imported crude is sharply down.

    2014 is the best year for job growth since 1999. Not only are employers ramping up hiring (we are not far from full employment which is considered reached when 5.2% are unemployed), but GDP accelerated to 5% in the third quarter. Consumer sentiment is also on the rise, aided by plummeting gas prices.

    The S&P 500 rose a healthy 11% in 2014, capping off three years of double-digit gains. That’s the best winning streak since the late 1990s. Interest rates are going to stay remarkably low for many months to come. You almost couldn’t put together a more positive scenario. Obama popularity, at 48% this month, is sharply up from where it was.

  10. 10 grey Beard Jan 5th, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    If you want to know where the motorcycle market is heading. Research the history of Lionel trains. You say WTF Lionel train !?!?! Yes Lionel trains. The history of Harley Davidson and Lionel train run parallel, give or take a few yrs. Approximately 15 yrs before Lionels 100th anniversary (2000) the market started escalating, by the yr 2000 trains were bringing outrageous prices (sound familiar ? ). Two yrs after their 100th anniversary the market slowly took a downward spiral. Now a days you can pay 40-50% for some of Lionel’s high ticket trains. A few of the postwar (1947-1969) pristine in original box are holding their own. (sound familiar ?) Yes Virginia, the wave has crested.

  11. 11 nicker Jan 5th, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    “… 2014 is the best year for job growth since 1999. …”

    Wait till the Feb. and the Holiday part-timers get the ax….
    Then try that story again.


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