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Old 01-09-2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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Old School Offerings at the Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

By chance my work took me to Las Vegas this weekend at the same time as the Mid-America Motorcycle Auction. Thought I'd share some photos. (In retribution my wife dragged me to see an evening show by singer/performer Davy Jones of "The Monkees" fame. It actually was pretty good)

Some of the older iron:










































These are two different "Flying Merkels"









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Old 01-09-2011, 10:56 PM   #2
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Those are fantastic. I wish I could just find one of those in the woods somewhere.
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:55 AM   #3
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I found one of these in a backyard in the 80's. I could have hauled it home for $500.00. The old thing was in disrepair but complete. Had an aircraft style steering yoke. I think it was a 1955 Messerschmidt. It had a yellowed plexi-glass bubble canopy. Had a rear mounted Villers 200cc motorcycle engine. I think these particular mini cars are bringing up to $30k restored. Restoration costs would be huge. I always wondered what happened to it. Even tried to follow up years later but the owner had moved and the rig was gone.


Cherry old MV:
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:03 AM   #4
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las vegas auction

Just got back from the auction yesterday; some Very cool
stuff there. A fellow sitting behind me bought 2 old speedway racers in a row 140K and 170K. A Brough Superior SS100 sold for 240K. Lots of neat less expensive stuff as well though, Honda dreams and CB77's. Pretty much anything you could imagine. All in all, a great weekend
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:17 AM   #5
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That old Douglas has a special place in BMW history. It just needed a 90 degree adjustment.

Thank you for the photos.

Now I wonder what those old gems brought in $$.
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Just got back from the auction yesterday; some Very cool
stuff there. A fellow sitting behind me bought 2 old speedway racers in a row 140K and 170K. A Brough Superior SS100 sold for 240K. Lots of neat less expensive stuff as well though, Honda dreams and CB77's. Pretty much anything you could imagine. All in all, a great weekend
The Auction is fun to attend. Everything ends up quite expensive with the fees, premiums, etc...etc....Out of reach for poor slobs like me.
I splurged and bought a "Moto Guzzi" T-Shirt.
Quite amazing, the amount of money changing hands there. Some of the high dollar bidders looked like they could be in a soup line. Must be nice to have that kind of "play money".
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:31 AM   #7
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A few more specimans:




A Norton Navigator...never heard of one...

















One of my favorites:






This Velocette is so funky looking , it is cool. Built in panniers





A Rokon found its' way there...2WD anyone?



Ariel Square Four



Lots of Indians there




Honda 750 Rickman. There was a Kawasucki 900 Rickman next to it.
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:34 PM   #8
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The Douglas, 7th pic from the top, is the same as the one I used to own. This is the only time I have ever seen another example either in the flesh or a picture of a restored one. 1928-600cc Tourer, side valve, 3 speed with gas lights. Sold mine, unrestored but complete and running in original condition, about 10 years ago to fund a new purchase for $3000 Aus.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:00 PM   #9
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Nice pictures.
Over here in a UK magazine there was an advert for that auction, with a impresive list of bikes for sale.
Out of my league though
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Lastly:

Sunbeam



Another Velocette


Carbon Fiber & Billet



















A BMW Toaster, minus the Toaster Tank...



My wife liked this little Hummer





Super clean early SX-650





Nice Old Zundapp KS with Hack


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wow, nice bikes!
I saw 2 that are big on my want list, a Sunbeam S7, & a Douglas flat twin
I rode a sunbeam once, what a nice smooth ride. Just sorta floats along.
And I just want a Douglas cuz of the name

Of course theres others on my dream list, (Munch, Brough & Crocker)

but in reality, I can get a Sunbeam or a Douglas one day.
The others? probably not......

the carbon fiber bike is a Confederate Wraith. A friend of mine has 2 of them. He also has the Sunbeam I rode, but it just sits in his garage, & he wont sell it to me :(

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Old 01-13-2011, 07:09 AM   #12
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OH boy, that brings back memories.
I got the "honor" of riding one of these back around '87 when my Dad had his shop.
Without doubt, THE WORST bike I had ever thrown a leg over. To this day, nothing compares.
Now this....

is a different story!
This is my baby.......

which ISN'T for sale.
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And I just want a Douglas cuz of the name



Doug[/QUOTE]


The Douglas also is RTW bike as ridden by Robert Fulton in the 1930's.

He rode through Iraq too.
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wow, nice bikes!
I saw 2 that are big on my want list, a Sunbeam S7, & a Douglas flat twin
I rode a sunbeam once, what a nice smooth ride. Just sorta floats along.
And I just want a Douglas cuz of the name

Of course theres others on my dream list, (Munch, Brough & Crocker)

but in reality, I can get a Sunbeam or a Douglas one day.
The others? probably not......

the carbon fiber bike is a Confederate Wraith. A friend of mine has 2 of them. He also has the Sunbeam I rode, but it just sits in his garage, & he wont sell it to me :(

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Sorry Doug, In England they refer to the Sunbeam as a "gentilemans tourer"....I'm not sure you fit that discription......
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Sorry Doug, In England they refer to the Sunbeam as a "gentilemans tourer"....I'm not sure you fit that discription......
What are you trying to say?


I have the fulton book, that was a fun trip!

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