Coming up this January 9-11, 2014, Wheels Through Time Museum is headed to back to the annual Las Vegas Antique Motorcycle Auction. Over the past 23 years, the Las Vegas Auction has seen millions worth of the world’s most historic vintage motorcycles bought and sold. Put on by MidAmerica Auctions, the sale is held at the South Point Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, and annually includes over 500 bikes ranging from rare and primitive early relics to newer, more conventional road-ready classics.
Museum Curator Dale Walksler heads to the sale looking for rare finds, but also makes the trip each year to help find new homes for a few select motorcycles. Last year, on an episode of “What’s In the Barn?”, Dale assisted in the sale of 3 spectacular original bikes — a 1905 Reading Standard, a 1912 Pierce Single, and a 1913 Harley Single — each of which had been owned by the same family for 100 years. Each of the machines brought record prices, and both buyer and seller walked away happy.
For 2014, Dale has upped the ante. This year, he’s got six auction slots to fill and will be bringing several rare early American motorcycles from the barn to the bidder. Bikes include a rare 1914 Jefferson Racer, an original 1912 Pope, one of only a handful of 1913 Arrows, a 1926 Super X, and a hot-rod 1928 Harley-Davidson 2-cam Cutdown! That leaves one spot out of six left, and Dale’s promised to keep this one a surprise.
Each of these bikes has a great story to tell. The 1914 Jefferson, ’12 Pope, and 1914 Jefferson are from the Dave Leitner Collection, with all work performed by 2-time Motorcycle Cannonball Winner, Brad Wilmarth. The 1926 Super X was featured on a 1st season episode of “Whats In the Barn?”, and was once owned by Jim Gallager, who played a part in keeping the rare Crocker marque of motorcycle on the road. And lastly, the 1928 Harley-Davidson Cutdown, which was built by 90-year-old antique motorcycle guru, Glenn Harding. Glenn built the bike from the ground up, and will be donating all of the proceeds from the sale to his church!
Its going to be quite a weekend, with over 600 bikes in the sale and the world of old motorcycles waiting to bid.
For more information on the Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, visit MidAmericaAuctions.com.