Six Amazing Motorcycles From the Venter Collection on the BlockMecum Auctions will be offering vintage motorcycles from the Dr. J. Craig Venter Collection at Mecum Auctions’ Monterey 2016 auction on August 18-20. Held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course, 50 motorcycles will be up for auction. Let’s look at six prime picks from the Venter Collection that will get your bidding arm working overtime.
1. 1929 Indian 101 Scout
While you can probably buy four new Indian Scouts for what this 1929 Indian 101 Scout will go for, this is one sweet motorcycle. Restored by Joe V Cycle in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, the Indian 101 Scout was a favorite of original Wall of Death riders, and remains so to this day. If you have a hankering to do some Wall of Death excursions yourself, this 1929 Indian 101 Scout has a rebuilt motor, magneto, and brakes, and is absolutely a runner.
2. 1960 BSA DBD34 Gold Star ClubmanAnyone in the market for an authentic café racer will be hard pressed to pass up this 1960 BSA DBD34 Gold Star Clubman. Featuring a 500cc motor tuned for racing, this bike has a 1.5-inch Amal GP2 carb, close-ratio four-speed gearbox, high-capacity chrome fuel tank, clip-ons, rearsets, and alloy rims—it is ready right now for true café racing. John Gleed renovated this 1960 BSA DBD34 Gold Star Clubman 23 years ago, and it has been maintained since and should top 110 mph on a straight between cafés.
3. 1939 BMW R12Just as WWII was preparing to ravage Europe, BMW was building some beautiful bikes at its Dixi factory, including the 1939 BMW R12. This side-valve boxer twin has a four-speed transmission with right-side hand-shifting, a hand clutch, interchangeable wheels (with seven-inch drum brakes), telescopic forks and a sprung seat. Ready to ride with a pressed steel frame, the bike was on display for years at BMW of San Diego, as well as inside Dr. Venter’s museum.
4. 1910 Harley-Davidson Model 6
Did you think belt drives were something relatively new on Harley-Davidson motorcycles? Well, 116 years ago Harley used a one-and-three-quarters-inch leather belt drive for this Model 6. The bike displaces 30 cubic inches and has impressively large 28-inch wheels. This bike has full documentation and is original, with restoration work done. Typical of the Dr. J. Craig Venter Collection machines, it runs, so it isn’t simply a bike to look at.