Rare cutaway motors added to Bonhams Las Vegas auction

Publish Date: 
Dec 21, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - A unique collection of mid-century cutaway motorcycle motors and components have been added to the Bonhams’ Las Vegas motorcycle auction in January.

The selection of mechanical goodies includes motors from historical marques such as HMW, JLO, NSU and others. Also included are cut-away multi-speed hubs from Sturmey-Archer and various cut-away motor wheels, single-cylinder and two-stroke motors.

Steve McQueen's Husqvarna to headline Bonhams' auction

These and many complete engines from Adler, Auto Wheels, FN, Harley-Davidson, Honda and Thor join the offering of motorcycling components and memorabilia that will precede the motorcycles on auction day.

In addition to the following — a 1939 BMW RS 255 Kompressor, a 1902 Rambler Model B, the only surviving 1905 Leo Two-Cycle and Steve McQueen's 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross – are many other machines such as the 1903 Alldays & Onions, 1928 Ace Four Hemi-Head Prototype made for E. Paul du Pont, 1930 Böhmerland with Sidecar, 1978 Ducati NCR, and 1989 Norton F1 Rotary Prototype, to name just a few.

The third annual Bonhams Las Vegas auction takes place Jan. 10 at Bally’s Hotel & Casino on The Strip, with memorabilia beginning at 10 a.m. and motorcycles at noon.

Posted by Dennis Johnson