Friday, 20 March 2015


This week, it's the auction of the EJ Cole Collection in Las Vegas. At 89 years old of age, veteran collection Mr Cole (seen above with just one of his Flying Merkels!) has decided to sell his fabulous collection of motorcycles, which includes three bikes previously owned by Steve McQueen, as well as examples of many noted American marques. Even more remarkably, all bikes will be sold without a reserve. After the publicity that the auction has generated - not to mention that it's being held in Vegas - we doubt there will be any real bargains or people wandering off with an Excelsior-Henderson for twenty bucks, but it will be interesting to see what everything makes. Here's just a handful of the dozens of bikes going under the hammer.

The American Tandem single - a motorcycle made for two...

1910 Flying Merkel. If this one doesn't take your fancy, there's a couple of others up for sale...

This 1917 Henderson inline four once belonged to Steve McQueen. 

A Captain American replica 1963 Harley Panhead. At least you can be sure this isn't the real thing!

Stunning 1911 Indian Big Base 8-valve racer.

1980 Harley-Davidson XR750 which was purchased new in crate and has never been ridden.

Customised 1941 Harley Knucklehead with someone's nan's garden gate as a sissy bar. We're not sure why it's not upright...

1915 Cyclone racer bought from the estate of Steve McQueen in 1984. Only six Cyclones survive and it's bound to be one of the most keenly watched lots of the weekend.
It's not all classics - this dragbike is up for sale, too.

If anyone wants a good home for this 1934 Crocker speedway bike, we're here!

In among the bikes will be some automobilia, including a number of interesting sidecar chairs, signs and this original Jeff Decker statue of Joe Petrali which is expected to fetch between £40-70,000...

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