World's Largest Vintage Motorcycle Auction to Feature 1,750 Collectable Bikes

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January 23-27 is your chance to go Las Vegas and bid on some of the most bad-ass vintage and collectable motorcycles the world has ever known. Mecum Auctions is hosting its 27th annual Vintage Motorcycle Auction at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa and below you can find a teaser of some of the bikes to be auctioned. Ahhh, if only we had more money in our pockets and room in our garages… One can’t help but dream though!

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WALWORTH, WI – January 10, 2018 – Following record sales in 2017, this year’s 27th annual Mecum Las Vegas Vintage Motorcycle Auction will feature an estimated 1,750 antique, vintage and collectible motorcycles to cross the auction block Tuesday, Jan. 23 through Saturday, Jan. 27 inside the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center and Priefert Pavilion. The extravaganza has become an annual gathering of consignors, buyers and spectators sharing a passion for the history, beauty and camaraderie among enthusiasts from around the world.

Featured collections and offerings abound in the 2018 auction lineup, with many historic race bikes and more among them including Jeff Ward’s Championship-winning “Works” 1985 Kawasaki SR250 (Lot F126), a 1911 Flying Merkel Single (Lot F164), a five-time national championship-winning 1948 Vincent Rapide Series B Hillclimber (Lot S137), the first production bike built and sold by Eric Buell, a 1984 Buell RW750 (Lot S225), and so much more.

1911 Flying Merkel Single 4 HP (Lot F164)

Among the auction’s seven featured private collections are 175-plus consignments from collector Tom Reese, who holds a long-term goal of presenting the world’s finest dirt-bike museum: the Moto Armory. From Aprilla to Zundapp, all off-road racing disciplines are represented within the Reese assemblage, whether it is MX, ISDT, Flat Track, Hill Climb or Trials bikes. From Malcolm Smith’s gold-medal original 1967 Husqvarna ISDT to Chris Carr’s Harley XR750—this offering has it all.
From his own private assemblage of investment-grade motorcycles, Ray Hott will also bring a selection of offerings, which will include seven no-reserve motorcycles donning the badges of Harley-Davidson, Indian, Motobecane and Whizzer. Bob Weaver, Jeff Schwartz, Roger Hanke and several others will bring collection offerings as well, and the auction will be further headlined by the main-attraction sale of the Excelsior-Henderson Brand (Lot S173) and its related intellectual property.

1948 Vincent Rapide Series B Hillclimber 1,000cc, 4-Speed (Lot S137)

“Following last year’s phenomenal $13-million-plus in sales and 92 percent sell-through rate, the Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction has again cemented its title as the world’s premiere vintage motorcycle auction,” said President of Mecum Auctions’ motorcycle division Ron Christenson. “For 2018, we’re anticipating a more than 50 percent increase in consignments that will only enhance the attention that the auction already receives from collectors and enthusiasts globally.”

1984 Buell Production No. 1 RW750 (Lot S225)

Bidder registration for the auction is available online in advance for $100, or $200 at the auction, and includes admission for two to each auction day. General admission tickets are available in advance online at for $20, and for $30 at the door and online once the auction begins. Children 12 years of age and younger will receive complimentary admission. Doors open daily at 8 a.m. with the auction beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24-27. Portions of the event will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. A live stream of the entire auction will be presented at
Mecum’s website is updated daily with the latest consignments, including detailed descriptions and photographs of the motorcycles. To view the list, consign a motorcycle or register as a bidder, visit or call (262) 275-5050.

27th annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

Location: South Point Hotel & Casino, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89183
Date: January 23 – 27, 2018
Admission: $20 per person, per day when purchased online in advance; $30 at the door; children 12 and younger admitted at no charge
Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m.
(All Times Pacific)

About Mecum Auctions

Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 30 years, now offering more than 20,000 lots per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin. For further information, visit or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

About South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

Featuring more than 2,100 guestrooms, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip and the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape. Each oversized guest room features state-of-the-art LED televisions as well as WiFi with high-speed internet connections. Guests visiting South Point will experience affordable luxury through a casino offering top-of-the-line gaming technology, more than 60 table games and a separate race and sports book area, 11 restaurants, including the award-winning Michael’s Gourmet Room, the world-class Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon, a 400-seat showroom featuring headliner entertainment, a 700-seat Bingo room, a 16-screen Cinemark movie complex, a state-of-the-art 64-lane bowling center, a 52,000-square foot Conference Center and an 80,000-square foot Exhibit Hall. South Point Hotel is also home to the Tournament Bowling Plaza, a multi-million dollar professional bowling tournament facility. In addition, South Point has the finest equestrian event facility in the country. The 240,000 square feet of event space features three climate-controlled arenas, vet clinic, feed store, more than 1,200 climate-controlled stalls and plays host to some of the country’s most unique events. South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89183.

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