Thursday, January 12, 2012

LAS VEGAS 2012: BONHAMS

Cool toys; Bonhams always has the best automobilia...this one kickstarts the bike and rumbles off!
One of a pair of Norton Manxes, this one restored
The incredible condition of the 1906 Indian Camelback has to be seen up close...
...although even from a distance, you can see how complete and correct it is.  A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, for someone...
Ruffians!  Restorers!  Riders!  Madden and Huntzinger...
Chris Carter jokes with the ex-WD BSA M21
Coventry Eagle 'Flying 8'
Ben Walker and Malcolm Barber discuss this original-paint Indian Board Track racer, owned by the Du Ponts since the 1950s; hard to get better provenance than that!
The unrestored Manx from the Du Pont collection
Merkel motor on an Indian bicycle
Late-entry Brough Superior SS100 with MX engine
And a very tasty machine it is...
Ner-a-Car, Scott, Indian
'47 Norton Inter with 1700 miles; Ben Walker wants it...
One for the history books, completely original, 65 years old
I like it too!
New York, 1951...a great place to ride your '39 Triumph Tiger 100 with a bronze head...
Matching up parts to bikes...so many spare engines and parts from the Du Pont family...
1923 Scott Squirrel in lovely condition, from the Isle of Man
Triumph Dragster; 60s supercool
1940 Indian Sport Scout front end; the rest of the bike is there too!

6 comments:

nobaffles said...

Great pics from the show. Wish I could be there this week. Bring back one of the Norton Manx's for me.

roadsidewonders said...

Wow ... I'm jealous! Great pics :)

Anonymous said...

appreciate the report and pics, but it seems like there is too much b&w and there are too many tight shots.

Andrew Macpherson said...

What he said, can I have some more please!

Anton NL said...

Thanks again for a set of great pictures and story, Paul!
That Merkel motor wheel in the Indian; that must be the first 'prototype' of the Sparta Spartamet motorised bicycle!
o you have a picture that shows the whole bike? That would be much appreciated. I love the Spartamet as daily transport. They can be as much fun as a Norton Inter, at the cost of a tank of gas :)

Don O'Reilly said...

Interesting images Paul. Now about those two Manx (Manxes?)... Am I correct in understanding the original condition '55 went for $40k, while the rebuilt '57 couldn't be sold for $32k? Are selling prices for bike like these beginning to increase?
THANKS!
Don