Save the date and check the bank account. On January 25, 2018, Las Vegas will once again host the Bonhams Motorcycle Auction at the Rio Hotel and Casino, with the Mecum Auction across town at the South Point Casino.
This year, Bonhams features several savory Vincents, including the Australian speed record holder and multiple race-winning 1951 Vincent Black Lightning owned and ridden by Jack Ehret – one of the most important motorcycles in existence. Also from the hallowed Vincent marque, a brand for which Bonhams holds the world auction record, is a matching numbers 1950 Rapide Series C Touring Model in original Chinese Red, one of just 76 ever produced. In highly original condition, this rare machine will be accompanied by another highly desirable Vincent, a matching numbers 1950 Black Shadow Series C.
Another highlight from England is a 1926 Brough Superior SS80, one of the original run of Broughs with the J. A. Prestwich twin-cam engine. T. E. Lawrence (of England and Arabia) owned three SS80s before buying an SS100, which became known as the “Rolls Royce of Motorcycles.” The factory guranteed the machines good for 100 mph.
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From the United States comes a truly standout machine – a 1938 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead in original, unrestored, running condition. Just two owners from new, it was purchased by the vendor from the son of the original owner. With the popularity of Knuckleheads having exploded recently, this time-warp motorcycle is sure to bring strong interest.
Italian offerings include an exemplary 1975 MV Agusta 750S America that is also just two owners from new. This bike has the four-into-four race exhausts and a tank autographed by the John Surtees. Also included in this auction are four motorcycles of remarkable pedigree from the world-renowned Silverman Museum Racing Collection – a 1954 Ducati 125 Marianna Sport, 1955 Ceccato Corsa 75 SOHC, c.1956 Ducati 100 Gran Sport and 1958 Ducati 125 Grand Prix Racer.
“We’re delighted to be returning to the world-famous Rio for Bonhams 8th annual Las Vegas sale,” said said Bonhams’ Motorcycle Specialist Andy Barrett. “There are some outstanding classic, vintage and pioneer examples already consigned, such as the 1926 Brough Superior SS80 and original 1938 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, and we’re looking forward to what promises to be another stellar sale.”
To learn more about the Thursday, January 25th auction at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, including how to register to bid and order a catalog, visit bonhams.com/vegas.