Walworth, Wis. – May. 18, 2017 – Hundreds of antique, vintage and collectible motorcycles will cross the auction block June 1-3 during the inaugural Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle June Auction that will take place indoors at South Point Casino, Hotel & Spa. Three collections will highlight the consignments expected to be received from across the country that will attract motorcycle buyers, sellers and spectators from around the world to the three-day event.
Among featured collections are the 100 bikes from The Zimmerman Brothers Collection, which include a special group of motocross bikes previously owned by movie stars such as Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Lee Marvin, Bud Ekins and others, which the brothers have dubbed their “Hollywood Bikes.” In addition to the “Hollywood Bikes,” Mark and Randy Zimmerman will also be offering what they consider to be possibly the best collection of restored and original 1959 to 1982 Triumph motorcycles in the USA, a large share of which were restored by master-restorer Bill Hoard of Martin, Michigan.
The Ernest “Bud” Cox Collection will offer 30 motorcycles from the estate of the former columnist that penned a monthly column under the byline of “Old Sage” for “Antique Motorcycle” magazine, the quarterly mouthpiece of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. Motorcycles from the collection, of which many will be offered at no reserve, include no fewer than 14 Indians, ranging from a 1906 single-cylinder racer (Lot S134), a 1931 Indian Four (Lot S120), a Resto Modded 1936 Indian Sport Scout (Lot S121) with a telescopic fork and disc brake, and of course, the fantastic Indian “Super 6” (Lot S148). Other highlights from the collection include 11 Harley-Davidsons from model years 1914 through 2001, several World War II military models of 30.50 and 45 cubic-inch varieties, and individual models of Reading-Standard, Pope, Excelsior, Honda and Whizzer.
The 10-bike Tim Fabian Collection is representative of Fabian’s passion for British units, paying particular attention to BSAs with correct frame and engine numbers, originality, and in the case of the 1969 BSA Rocket III (Lot S95) and the 1971 BSA 750 Lightning (Lot F143), rarity. Fabian’s collection also includes a very desirable Honda CBX (Lot F210), and when it comes to late-model bikes, a 2005 Triumph Rocket III (Lot F246) and a 2012 BMW KT1600 GTL (Lot F247).
Also to be included at the auction is the first-ever “Legends of Racing” Preview Party from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1 that is open to all buyers, sellers and spectators. The event will feature Q&A sessions with three legendary Racers: Don Castro, Gene Romero and Jay Springsteen.
“The continued growth of our Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction in January spurred the demand by consignors and buyers for another event in Las Vegas,” said President of Mecum’s motorcycle division Ron Christenson. “Three fabulous collections and hundreds of other consignments should establish our new June motorcycle auction on the calendars of collectors as another ‘can’t-miss’ event.”
Bidder registration for the auction is available in advance online at Mecum.com for $100, $200 at the auction, and includes admission for two to each auction day. General admission tickets are available in advance online for $20 per person, per day, and for $30 at the door and online once the auction begins; children younger than 12 receive complimentary admission.
Doors open daily at 8 a.m., with a preview from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1. The auction will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 2-3. Portions of the event will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network, and a live stream of the entire auction will be presented at Mecum.com.
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 Mecum Auctions’ website or call (262) 275-5050.
1967 Husqvarna 250 Commando, Formerly Owned by Steve McQueen (Lot S101)
1906 Indian Single Racer (Lot S134)
1969 BSA Rocket III (Lot S95)