Public sale Report: Missed Bargains within the Mike Wolfe Bike Assortment?

Mike Wolfe in his motorcycle shop

Mike Wolfe paired down his assortment and bought a number of on the Mecum public sale in Las Vegas. Mecum Public sale

SEVERAL OF US know of Mike Wolfe from his “American Pickers” TV present, the place he travels the states searching for long-neglected treasures. He appears to be an knowledgeable on every little thing from classic pinball machines to “Star Wars” memorabilia. However, he’s additionally a motorbike man, and over time he’s made it some extent to drag uncommon, fascinating, and funky bikes out of sheds, barns, and garages. Although his assortment has greater than 150 bikes in it, he just lately paired down his herd and determined to promote about 70 of the bikes he’s collected.
These are not wise bikes for wise those who need to journey. They’re cool, fascinating, historic, largely non-running bikes which might be extra sculpture than the rest.

Many had excessive hopes for a few of his gross sales to set information. Some did, some didn’t, and for these of us who see potential in a few of these bikes, we might have missed some bargains when Wolfe’s As Discovered Assortment crossed the public sale block in Las Vegas, Nev.

Mike Wolfe 1951 BME R67
Wolfe’s 1951 R67 discovered a brand new residence for $7,700, which places it on the low finish of the gross sales costs for these basic Beamers. Although it’s unclear if it runs (uncertain), simply attempt to discover a good instance of an R67 for lower than $10,000.

Mike Wolfe 1950 BMW Bobber
It’s an identical story along with his 1950 BMW R51/3 bobber with Nineteen Seventies-era mods that bought for $6,600. Although it’s clearly lacking some vital bits, it’s a reasonably bike that doubtless will discover its approach again on the street.

Mike Wolfe 1914 Harley Davidson Factory Racing Twin
Wolfe’s 1914 Harley-Davidson Manufacturing unit Racing Twin bought for $61,600. These early Harley racers dominated early grand prix and closed-circuit competitors racing.

Mike Wolfe 1962 Harley Davidson KR Racer
The 1962 KR Racer that Wolfe bought at $29,700 equally holds a particular place in many individuals’s hearts. After seeing mid-century American racing dominated by Norton, BSA and Triumph twins, Harley responded with these cool 45ci racers that had a then-new overhead valve design that changed the gradual however dependable flatheads. By the Sixties, the KR was dominant on grime tracks.

Mike Wolfe 1931 Indian Four Motorcyle
One of many coolest previous American bikes in his assortment, a 1931 Indian, bought for $71,500. Positive, it’s tough, and it’s coated in a well-earned patina, however it’s one of many rarest bikes from the primary iteration of the corporate that was re-born with new bikes launched in 2013.