News Vegas Bonhams: John Shola MC Collection

Vegas Bonhams: John Shola MC Collection

Motorcycle Auction

From the collection of John Shola come several important motorcycles that will be offered at Bonhams’ first annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction on Jan. 6, 2011.

Leading the group are no less than five Vincent motorcycles, including:

  • 1948 Vincent HRD Rapide B
  • 1949 Vincent HRD Rapide B
  • 1949 Vincent HRD Rapide B
  • 1952 Vincent Black Shadow C
  • A Vincent Café Racer Hybrid
  • 1953 Ariel Square Four
  • 1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star
  • 1961 BSA Gold Star
  • 1965 Royal Enfield Interceptor
  • 1964 Velocette Venom

This news follows Bonhams’ earlier announcement of the stunning "barn find" 1952 Chinese Red Vincent Rapide motorcycle that has been consigned to Las Vegas.

Two further Vincent motorcycles, a 1939 HRD Meteor and 1952 Black Knight, will also be offered from another collection.

Altogether, these eight Vincents will comprise one of the largest offerings of this truly legendary brand to be offered in recent years.

Additionally, more than 50 Honda motorcycles from the private collection of Kenneth Klem have been consigned to this highly anticipated sale – all without reserve.

The massive, single source offering spans the years of 1963 to 1982 and includes such diverse models as Dreams, Step-Throughs, Mini Trails, Scramblers and, of course, CB350s up through CB750s – all in original condition.

Over 200 classic motorcycles representing every era – starting with the exceedingly rare 1894/95 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller – will be featured in the January auction, which takes place at The Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino hosted by the Auto Collection at the heart of the Strip.

Interested buyers can find more information by going to Sellers interested in consigning a motorcycle to this stellar line-up may call 415-391-4000 or e-mail

The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online for review in the weeks preceding the auction.

Las Vegas Bonhams Auction:
Thursday, January 6th, 1:00-6:00 pm
The Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, hosted by the Auto Collection
3535 Las Vegas Boulevard (across from Caesar’s Palace)

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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