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For the past 33 years, Las Vegas has become home to motorcycle’s high rollers, collectors, and enthusiasts who swarm the city for Mecum Auctions’ annual January sale. This year’s event had a reported 2,000 motorcycles up for grabs, from turn-of-the-century machines to modern-day racers. By the time the last motorcycle rolled across the stage of the four-day event, these five rose to the top for highest prices paid. Since there was a tie between fourth and fifth place, we included the sixth-place finisher as well, this 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 and its $129,250 selling price worthy of an honorable mention.

A 1928 Indian Ace, with its heralded inline-four engine, earned top honors after selling for $220,000 at the 2024 Las Vegas Mecum Auction.
A 1928 Indian Ace, with its heralded inline-four engine, earned top honors after selling for $220,000 at the 2024 Las Vegas Mecum Auction. (Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions and Bryan Harley/)

1. 1928 Indian Ace | $220,000

Every OEM has a marquee model that exemplifies the company’s very best. While Indian Motorcycle has manufactured heralded Scouts and Chiefs, the elegant Indian Four deserves a spot among the finest machines ever produced by Hendee and Hedstrom.

This restored beauty comes from Wayne Kruty’s private collection. Kruty did a comprehensive restoration in 2014, including having the engine and transmission rebuilt by Davies Antique Motors. The 1,265cc inline four-cylinder engine has overhead inlet valves and side exhaust valves and puts out about 30 hp. This one features a leading-link fork and frame, something only found on the first-year Indian Ace models. Draped in classic red paint highlighted by crisp gold script, the motorcycle exudes power and grace.

One of the motorcycle’s strongest selling points, the beautiful inline-four, is a descendant of the 1911 Henderson. The Henderson brothers, Thomas and William, were well known for the American four-cylinder motorcycle engine they engineered. They sold their company to Schwinn bicycles, who also produced Excelsior motorcycles, in 1917. William Henderson then embarked on a new venture, founding the Ace Motor Company in 1919, which was subsequently purchased by Indian in 1927. Production was moved to Indian’s factory in Springfield, Massachusetts, where it rolled out the first 1927 Indian Ace. The next year it dropped the name Ace but continued to produce inline-four motorcycles. This Indian was the Ace in the hole at Mecum’s 2024 Las Vegas auction, winning the jackpot for highest selling motorcycle at $220,000.

With a beautiful dustbin fairing hand-fabricated by an Italian legend and an engine with a GP pedigree, this 1957 Mondial 250 Bialbero Grand Prix Racer is truly one of a kind.
With a beautiful dustbin fairing hand-fabricated by an Italian legend and an engine with a GP pedigree, this 1957 Mondial 250 Bialbero Grand Prix Racer is truly one of a kind. (Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions and Bryan Harley/)

2. 1957 Mondial 250 Bialbero Grand Prix Racer | $165,000

Mondial was a boutique motorcycle manufacturer from Bologna, Italy, that specialized in squeezing the highest performance possible out of motorcycles with relatively small engines. Produced between 1948 and 1979, the brand cut its teeth in Grand Prix racing and won five world championships in its heyday. During that tenure, only approximately seven Mondial 250 Bialbero Grand Prix racers were built by the factory. This survivor is the result of a 10-year labor of love for owner John Goldman, who lovingly restored it to its former glory.

The engine’s history adds to its provenance. The 250cc DOHC single-cylinder engine uses a shaft-and-bevel drive for its cams instead of a tower of gears driving the camshafts. For that reason, it is believed it was raced by Tarquinio Provini in 1957, giving it a GP pedigree.

Owner John Goldman smiles onstage after winning Best of Show at the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering.
Owner John Goldman smiles onstage after winning Best of Show at the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering. (Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions and Bryan Harley/)

The beautiful dustbin fairing adds to its allure as well. The aluminum was hand-fabricated by Giancarlo Morbidelli, the famed

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By: Bryan Harley
Title: Rare Motorcycle Sold for Nearly a Quarter Million Dollars
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Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 21:47:50 +0000

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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey Annis
Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.


The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 06:59:52 +0000

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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Title: Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine
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Published Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2024 14:35:07 +0000

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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Title: Ferrari Challenge UK commences
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Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 07:37:01 +0000

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