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Auction Report: Missed a bargain in the Mike Wolfe Motorcycle Collection?

Mike Wolfe in his motorcycle shop

Mike Wolfe put together his collection and sold several at Mecum auction in Las Vegas. mecum auction

SOME OF WE got to know Mike Wolfe from his TV show “American Pickers,” where he traveled across the states in search of long-forgotten treasures. He seems to be an expert in everything from classic pinball machine to “Star Wars” memorabilia. However, he is also a bike enthusiast, and for many years has considered pulling rare, interesting, and fun bikes out of barns, barns, and garages. importance. Although his collection includes more than 150 bikes, he recently paired his guitar and decided to sell about 70 of the bikes he collected.
It’s a unreasonable bicycle for reasonable people that want to ride. They are great bikes, fun, historic, mostly non-running, and more sculptural than anything else.

Many had high hopes for some of his sales to set records. Some did, some didn’t, and for those of us who see potential in some of these bikes, we may have missed out on some bargains as the As Found Collection of Wolfe passed the auction block in Las Vegas, Nev.

Mike Wolfe 1951 BME R67
Wolfe’s 1951 R67 found a new home for $7,700, making it the lowest selling price of these classic Beamers. While it’s not clear if it will run (doubtfully), just try and find a good example of an R67 for under $10,000.

Mike Wolfe 1950 BMW Bobber
It’s a similar story with his 1950s BMW R51/3 bobber with mods from the 1970s that sold for $6,600. While it’s clearly missing some key details, it’s a beautiful bike that is likely to find its way back on the road.

Mike Wolfe 1914 Harley Davidson Factory Racing Twins
wolf’s 1914 Harley-Davidson Factory Racing Twin sold for $61,600. These early Harley riders dominated the Grand Prix and early closed circuit racing.

Mike Wolfe 1962 Harley Davidson racer KR
Similarly, the 1962 KR Racer that Wolfe sold for $29,700 holds a special place in many people’s hearts. After seeing mid-century American racing dominated by the Norton, BSA and Triumph twins, Harley responded with these amazing 45ci race bikes featuring a new overhead valve design instead. alternative to slow but reliable flatheads. By the 1960s, the KR dominated the dirt track.

Mike Wolfe 1931 Indian four-man motorcycle
One of the coolest vintage American bikes in his collection, a 1931 Indian, sold for $71,500. Sure, it’s rough and covered in an expensive layer of rust, but it’s one of the rarest bikes from the company’s first iteration to be reborn with new bikes released in 2013.


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