The Las Vegas auction in 2015 is starting to look more like a Mecum auction and less like the Midamerica auctions we have seen in the past.
The auction location remains the same …. South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89183.
Notable changes include:
- A huge increase in the number of motorcycles going across the block from the 500 we have typically seen at previous auctions to 750 for this auction.
- The Thursday night dinner is gone. Instead the auction will start on Thursday evening at 4PM.
- There will be a preview party on Wednesday from 12 to 9PM, sponsored by Las Vegas Harley Davidson. LV Harley will be running shuttles to their location where they will be offering test rides and motorcycle rentals.
- An hors d'oeuvres and cocktail ‘hour’ will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall sponsored by Las Vegas Harley Davidson. We haven’t heard if it is a hosted event or exactly who is allowed to attend.
- Reserve fees are now called entry fees. They are $250 for the bikes auctioned on Thursday and $400 for Friday and Saturday. This is up from $300 in previous years.
- Both Buyers and Sellers with reserves each pay a 10% premium on each sale. Those motorcycles selling at no reserve have a 7% Sellers Premium
Other than that things look to be relatively similar to previous years.
We are expecting a lot less time on the block for each motorcycle to run 750 bikes through.
58 Triumphs going to auction …
There are currently 58 Triumphs registered to be sold at Las Vegas. Although there doesn’t seem to be the selection quality of previous years and certainly there are very few older models this year, there are still a couple that caught our eye and we will be looking at them closely.
Those include a 1925 Model P with an Irish registration, a 1967 T120TT restored by Bill Hoard and a 1969 TR6C restored by Don Harrell. Last year a 1969 TR6C restored by Rod Wheeler sold for the princely price of $25,000. We’ll see if lightning strikes twice for the same model.
Leroy Turner restorations …
1967 Triumph Bonneville T120R: Leroy will be bringing a fully restored ’67 Bonneville to Las Vegas. For those who read this blog occasionally, you know how highly we rate Leroy’s work. We have several Leroy Turner restorations in our collection and they are always top quality.
1969 BSA B441 Victor Special: Although Leroy is noted for his Triumph restorations, he has restored several of these models in the past, always with his meticulous detail.
We will be bringing two Triumphs from our collection …
1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R: If you have a copy of Tim Remus’ book “Triumph Bonneville and TR6”, check out page 97 where this bike is featured. We commissioned Kenny Dreer (famous for restarting Norton about 10 years ago) to create the most beautiful Bonneville there ever was. That is exactly what Kenny did. This motorcycle has blue printed motor/gear/primary drive, a Boyer Brandsen electronic ignition, a ceramic coated exhaust system and all aluminum cases matched and buffed to the highest luster. The paint job is the nicest we’ve ever seen on a Triumph.
It is a gorgeous motorcycle but doesn’t really fit into our collection that emphasizes originality, so that is why we are offering it for sale. It has 400 break-in miles on the engine.
1964 Triumph Bonneville T120R: This bike is a recent restoration and was a collaboration between Dave Wedlake, Leroy Turner and myself. I found this motorcycle in pieces several years ago in Seattle. The owner had owned it for many years, had taken it apart and never got around to finishing it. At the time, we planned to restore it to riding condition since we already had a beautiful ’64 T120R in our collection.
We sent the engine and gearbox to Leroy Turner for a complete rebuild. Dave Wedlake did the paint work and assembled the finished bike. When completed, the bike actually turned out much nicer than we thought … much too nice for us to use as an occasional rider, therefore we are offering it for sale in Las Vegas.
We will report on the results of the auction in January.