Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Reaches $17.5 Million in Overall Sales

210505 1907 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank (Lot F191) sold at $297,000 (678)

95% of All 1,214 Motorcycles Hammered Sold

WALWORTH, WI – May 5, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – The 30th anniversary return of the Mecum Las Vegas Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction was held this past weekend, April 28 through May 1, and results were strong for the event that has long held status as the world’s largest of its kind. The 2021 auction achieved overall sales of $17.5 million as 1,151 motorcycles changed hands in just four days, and with a total of 1,214 motorcycles offered at the auction, the sell-through rate equaled a hearty 95%, a remarkable achievement for a reserve-based auction.

210505 1943 Harley-Davidson E Model (Lot S111) sold at $220,000
1943 Harley-Davidson E Model (Lot S111) sold at $220,000

Individual sales at the auction were also a marked success with all 10 motorcycles in the top-seller list achieving six-figure prices. The celebrated Harley-Davidson name dominated top sales with eight of the 10 bearing the instantly recognizable branding of the venerable American builder. Led by a rare and desirable 1907 Strap Tank (Lot F191) that brought $297,000, the top 10 also included a 1943 E Model (Lot S111) and a 1946 FL (Lot S114) that each sold for $220,000, as well as a 1947 FL (Lot S115) that sold for $192,500 and a 1936 EL (Lot F151) that achieved $159,500. Other marques to make the list included Vincent, with a 1953 Black Shadow (Lot F103.1) selling for $165,000, and Indian, with a 1903 model (Lot S185) bringing $143,000.

210505 1946 Harley-Davidson FL (Lot S114) sold at $220,000
1946 Harley-Davidson FL (Lot S114) sold at $220,000

Private collections were a highlight in Las Vegas, and the headlining J.C. Burgin Collectionof approximately 50 vintage and antique motorcycles was among the standouts bringing a total of $2.2 million. As one of the only collections in the world to contain at least one example of all 12 of Harley-Davidson’s famed Knucklehead series, the stellar results came as little surprise with six of the lots from the group claiming a spot in top sales, including several of the aforementioned Harley-Davidsons.

210505 1947 Harley-Davidson FL (Lot S115) sold at $192,500
1947 Harley-Davidson FL (Lot S115) sold at $192,500

The complete top 10 motorcycle sales at the Las Vegas 2021 auction include:

  1. 1907 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank (Lot F191) at $297,000
  2. 1943 Harley-Davidson E Model (Lot S111) at $220,000
  3. 1946 Harley-Davidson FL (Lot S114) at $220,000
  4. 1947 Harley-Davidson FL (Lot S115) at $192,500
  5. 1953 Vincent Black Shadow (Lot F103.1) at $165,000
  6. 1936 Harley-Davidson EL (Lot F151) at $159,500
  7. 1938 Harley-Davidson EL (Lot S106) at $154,000
  8. 1903 Indian (Lot S185) at $143,000
  9. 1944 Harley-Davidson FL (Lot S112) at $143,000
  10. 1942 Harley-Davidson EL (Lot S110) at $137,500
210505 1953 Vincent Black Shadow (Lot F103.1) sold at $165,000
210505 1953 Vincent Black Shadow (Lot F103.1) sold at $165,000

For access to complete auction results, sign up for a free MyMecum account at Mecum’s next live auction event is Dana Mecum’s 34th Original Spring Classic slated for this May 14-22, which is set to feature 2,500 classic and collector carsheadlined by the Personal Collection of Parnelli Jones and his Big Oly Bronco racer. For more details on upcoming auctions, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit, or call (262) 275-5050 for more information.

About Mecum Auctions

The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for more than 30 years, now offering more than 20,000 lots per year and averaging more than one auction each month. The company today has expanded its catalog of offerings to include a wide array of collectibles encompassing entry-level to investment-grade classic and collector cars, vintage and antique motorcycles, signs and memorabilia items like gas pumps, pedal cars and clocks, and even collector-grade tractors and farm relics. Mecum Auctions is headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin, and since 2011 has been ranked No. 1 in the world with number of collector cars offered at auction, No. 1 in the world with number of collector cars sold at auction, No. 1 in the U.S. with number of auction venues, No. 1 in the U.S. in total dollar volume of sales, and is host to the world’s largest collector car auction held annually in Kissimmee, Florida, as well as the world’s largest motorcycle auction held annually in Las Vegas.

Source: Mecum Auction, Inc.

mecum auctions logo