VEGAS VA­RI­ETY

Some­thing for ev­ery­one at Me­cum’s Sin City sale

Classic Bike (UK) - - AUCTIONS -

A quin­tet of one-owner col­lec­tions form the back­bone of Me­cum’s sum­mer sale in Las Vegas. As we went to press, a to­tal of 265 lots had been con­firmed for June 1-2, many with no re­serve.

Most ex­ten­sive of the of­fer­ings comes from race bike en­thu­si­ast Jim Lat­tin who, at 81 years old, is thin­ning out his col­lec­tion, hav­ing given up rid­ing on the road.

Surely one of the high­lights of a hoard that spans an as­ton­ish­ing 12 decades is a stunning 1975 Du­cati 750SS. De­scribed as a gen­uine and orig­i­nal ma­chine, Jim has owned the bike since 1998. Con­trast­ing nicely with the ’70s Du­cati is a 1914 Monarch twin racer Jim bought from long-time friend Bud Ekins in 1992 and re­stored in 1998.

Bri­tish bikes fea­ture strongly in the Best of Show Col­lec­tion – an­other of the one-owner gath­er­ings on of­fer. And it doesn’t get more hard­core Bri­tish than the 1962 BSA DBD34 Gold Star. With its au­then­tic­ity ver­i­fied in writ­ing by the Gold Star Own­ers’ Club and be­ing of­fered in im­mac­u­late, re­stored con­di­tion – and with a new old-stock RRT2 closer­a­tio gear­box found in New Jer­sey – the Goldie is a for­mer Del Mar Con­cours class win­ner.

Jim Lat­tin’s 1975 Du­cati 750SS, owned since 1998

1962 BSA Gold Star in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion

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