News Vintage Excelsior, Indian at Vegas Bonhams

Vintage Excelsior, Indian at Vegas Bonhams

Vintage Motorcycles

Bonhams is pleased to announce the addition of several important motorcycles from two renowned collections to their inaugural motorcycle sale in Las Vegas on Jan. 6.

First, from a famous Texas-based collection best known for its numerous and exquisite automobiles come several motorcycles – something the owner was increasingly focused on before his untimely death in 2009.

Some of those being offered include a 1935 Rudge 250 Sport, a 1952 Triumph Thunderbird 650, and a 1957 Moto Parilla175 MSDS.

Of significant note, however, are two tremendous examples of early American motorcycles, both formerly owned by Otis Chandler – a rare 1911 Curtiss Marvel Single 500 and the first year production 1901 Indian F-Head "Camel Back."

Then, from the collection of another Gulf State-based aficionado come 23 motorcycles of diverse makes and models. Included are two motorcycles from legendary maker Vincent – a 1939 HRD Meteor and a 1952 Black Knight Special with sidecar – and the incredibly rare, show-stealing 1916 Excelsior "Big Valve" Factory Board Track Racer in original paint condition.

Both collectors are known for their tasteful and diverse interests in motor vehicles and, most importantly, for their demand for quality. As such, the models offered from these collections can be regarded as some of the best examples in existence.

Additionally, all the proceeds from the latter gentleman’s collection will be donated to a designated non-profit organization.

The first ever Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale hosted by Bonhams will feature over 200 motorcycles of incredible rarity, quality and breadth. From the Excelsior, Indian and Curtiss mentioned above, to the holy grail of them all – a complete and authentic circa 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller, this inaugural Bonhams auction is a must for any serious motorcycle collector.

Buyers interested in registering to bid in person or remotely can find more information by going to Sellers interested in consigning a motorcycle to this impressive line-up may call 415-391-4000 or e-mail

Vegas Bonhams Preview: Wednesday, January 5th, noon-8 p.m.
Vegas Bonhams Auction: Thursday, January 6th, 1-6 p.m.

Location: The Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, hosted by the Auto Collections
3535 Las Vegas Blvd. (across from Caesar’s Palace), Las Vegas, Nevada

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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