Ducati bonanza at Las Vegas auction

Ducatis at Bonhams as Vegas auction

Nearly 40 Ducatis, including 15 from the famous Silverman Museum Racing Collection, are up for sale at the seventh annual Bonhams Las Vegas sale on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Rio Hotel & Casino.

They will feature alongside Ewan McGregor’s Panhead and a host of other collectible bikes.

The Ducatis include street singles and scramblers to twins and works racers, spanning the decades from 1948 to 2001. 

Of particular importance are these very significant factory racers and GP models:

  • 1984 Ducati 750 TT1 Works Road Racer – one of three European endurance factory racers and the “rarest of the rare”; estimate $125,000-$150,000.
Ducati 750 TT1 1984 racer at Bonhams Las Vegas auction
Ducati 750 TT1 1984 racer
  • 1975 Ducati 900 SS Superbike Prototype – the 1979 AMA Superbike Winner; estimate $80,000-$120,000.
Ducati 900SS 1975 at Bonhams Las Vegas auction
Ducati 900SS
  • 1973 Ducati 750 Works Road Racer – one of three factory racers of its kind and former Bol d’Or 24 Hours team bike and Isle of Man TT entrant; estimate $100,000-$140,000.
Ducati 750 Works Racer 1973 at Bonhams Las Vegas auction
Ducati 750 Works Racer
  • 1958 Ducati 125 GP – rare early competition Grand Prix bialbero model; estimate $100,000-$130,000.
Ducati 125GP 1958 at Bonhams Las Vegas auction
Ducati 125 GP

The annual Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction has attracted huge interest, record prices and featured bikes belonging to Easy Rider stars, Mike Hailwood race bikes, Evel Knievel bikes and motorcycles belonging to Hollywood actor and bike legend Steve McQueen.

Last year, McQueen’s famous Desert Sled Triumph was sold to an unknown Aussie buyer.

This year, a feature is Ewan McGregor’s 2012 “Indian Larry” Panhead Chopper.

Ewan McGregor selling Panhead at auction
Ewan on his Panhead chopper

Although Ewan is now a Moto Guzzi ambassador, he has an extensive collection that includes everything from track bikes to 1960s classics to customs.

The Panhead is expected to fetch up to $36,000.

Other auction highlights are a 1949 Indian-Vincent Factory Prototype combining a Series C Rapide engine with an Indian frame and electrics and an original, unrestored 1913 Flying Merkel Twin.

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