When you think of Harley Davidson motorcycles, this streamlined racer is not what first comes to mind.
That is because it was extensively upgraded by Aermacchi near Milan for racing on the GP circuits of Europe.
This pristine example is a fine combination of American power and Italian beauty.
1966 Aermacchi Harley-Davidson CRTT 250CC
LARGEST MECUM MIDAMERICA MOTORCYCLE AUCTION IN 24-YEAR HISTORY, JAN. 8-10
Event to Host 750 Antique Motorcycles at Las Vegas’ South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall
Walworth, Wis. – Dec. 29, 2014 – Mecum Auctions will present MidAmerica’s 24th annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Jan. 8-10, 2015 at South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall in Las Vegas. As the most anticipated antique motorcycle auction of the year, the three-day event is open to all and draws participants from all 50 states and around the world. This year will see a record 750 antique and collector motorcycles cross the auction block spanning a full century of production from 1903 to 2003.
The auction will feature no less than 10 private collections from some of the hobby’s well-known enthusiasts. Among them is an assemblage of 40 motorcycles from The Shane Van Pelt Collection, most of which will be offered at no reserve, as well as a great selection from the personal collection of Don Andress, owner and operator of the Las Vegas Harley-Davidson dealership. A lineup of 44 excellent examples from the David Silver Spares Collection will be offered all at no reserve, and an additional 21 motorcycles at no reserve from The Buddy Stubbs Collection will also cross the auction block.
Other main-attraction consignments include a 1966 Harley-Davidson CRTT (Lot S77) documented as having been ridden by National Champion Racer Mert Lawwill. The bike is the first CR Sprint Harley-Davidson received from Italy in 1966 and one of only six Harley-Davidson factory team CRTT bikes built. Another auction headliner, from The Gary Davis Collection, is the actual stunt bike used in the 1990 Marvel Comics ‘Captain America’ movie (Lot S124), ridden by Gary Davis himself.
For the antique motorcycle collectors, there will be a 1911 Harley-Davidson Model 7A (Lot S115) in original, unrestored condition. This small sampling only scratches the surface of the extensive selection of motorcycles that will be offered for sale throughout the three-day event.
“The consignments to be offered this year are, in every sense of the word, treasures to the antique motorcycle world,” comments Ron Christenson, president of Mecum’s MidAmerica Motorcycle division. “They will truly excite even the most seasoned motorcycle collector as they cross the auction block. And with our largest offering ever, there is undoubtedly something that will please virtually any motorcycle enthusiast.”
A live stream of the entire auction will be presented at Mecum.com with portions also broadcast on NBC Sports Network. The auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators with general admission tickets available at the gate for $20 per person, per day or $50 for a three-day pass; children ages 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Bidder registration is $100 and includes admission for two to all auction days. Doors open daily at 8 a.m. with the auction beginning on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9 and 10 at 10 a.m.
An exclusive preview party sponsored by Las Vegas Harley-Davidson will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7 from noon to 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and shuttles from South Point to LVHD will be provided during both preview periods. All registered bidders are invited to attend the preview sessions at no additional cost.
Mecum’s website is updated daily with the latest consignments including detailed descriptions and photographs of the motorcycles. To view the list, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for this and all Mecum auctions, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.
24th Annual Las Vegas Antique Motorcycle Auction Jan. 8-10, 2015
South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall
9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89183
Admission: $20 per person, per day or $50 for three days; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission
Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m. with early preview for registered bidders on Wednesday at noon
Auction: Motorcycles start at 4 p.m. on Thursday and at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday
TV Schedule: Monday, Jan. 12 from 6-8 p.m. (All times Pacific)
About Mecum Auctions
Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 27 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit Mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.
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