Bonhams Las Vegas Auction. A Strong Line-Up Of Pre-World War II Motorcycles With Extremely Rare Flying Merkel And Feilbach LTD.

1collageThe Bonhams’ seventh annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction is scheduled for January 26th at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Leading the strong line up of pre-World War II motorcycles, and leading the auction list is one of the most sought after early machines in the world – an original, unrestored 1913 Flying Merkel Twin. Representing all the attributes of desirability – high build quality, success in racing, low manufacturing numbers, short corporate lifespan and few surviving examples – the Flying Merkel of Ohio is the archetypal antique American motorcycle. In addition, an expertly restored 1912 Flying Merkel Twin road model from a private Southern collection will also be offered.

2collageEven rarer than Merkel and more esoteric is a 1914 Feilbach Limited Twin. With the number of known Limited Twins counted on one hand, this example from the Larry Bowman Collection of California is quite significant. Moreover, this was the last Feilbach made and was the personal motorcycle of company founder Arthur Feilbach. The Feilbach Motor Company of Milwaukee was a worthy competitor to the titans across town but, ultimately, unsuccessful. The 10-horsepower machine offered what was considered substantial power for its day and sold for $290 – “Worth every cent of it!” as the advertisement claimed.

Another always popular and highly desirable motorcycle consigned is a 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E “Silent Gray Fellow.” Considered one of the finest motorcycles to ever come from the storied Motor Company, this twin-cylinder model is a jewel in the crown of early motoring. Other exceptional early motorcycles include a 1911 Reading Standard Single, a 1916 Thor with sidecar, an English-made 1919 Matchless with sidecar, and a very noteworthy original paint 1925 Excelsior Super X, among others.

And from the 1930s there are two motorcycles in particular, among several – both expertly restored and both from the Bowman Collection – that merit special attention: a 1937 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead and a 1937 Indian Sport Four. These and many more exceptional motorcycles from nearly every era and genre of motorcycling will be offered on Thursday, January 26th. To learn more and to register to bid, go to Bonhams Vegas (photography courtesy Bohnams)

1 Response to “Bonhams Las Vegas Auction. A Strong Line-Up Of Pre-World War II Motorcycles With Extremely Rare Flying Merkel And Feilbach LTD.”


  1. 1 Chief Waldo Nov 22nd, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Oh! When I win the lottery…

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