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Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

Martin Milner and George Maharis in a Route 66 publicity photo. Image by CBS (or Screen Gems) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Known variously as The Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America, or the Mother Road, Route 66 was once part of American’s early Interstate system linking Chicago to California. Today, it remains an indelible part of American culture and a universal symbol of freedom and adventure on the open road. Capturing the spirit of restless youth on the move, the Route 66 TV show debuted in 1960 and ran on CBS for several seasons, originally starring Martin Milner and George Maharis as pals Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock. For many viewers, however, the real star of the show was their ride, a 1960 Corvette roadster.

The Route 66 Corvette against a fitting backdrop. Public Domain image courtesy of http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Oltimer-Route-66-Supermarket-Sports-Car-Corvette-1639469

The old Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 and eventually bypassed by newer highways, finally being decommissioned as a federal highway by 1985. However, much like the first-generation Corvette used by Tod and Buzz, and the TV show it was named after, Route 66 never faded from the public consciousness.

According to an article posted today (November 16, 2017) on the Hemmings.com daily blog, the National Park Service studied Route 66 for possible National Historic Trail status as early as 1990, but decided against the measure, instead creating and administering the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program which runs until 2019. As mandated by the National Trails System Act of 1968, only an act of the U.S. Congress can bring new Historic National Trail designations into force, using three selection criteria: it must have historical and national significance, and there must be adequate potential for historic interpretation or recreational use by the public.

Congressional hearings were held this week to once again consider a renewal of Route 66, which would necessarily include uniform signage along its 2,400-mile length, plus interpretive panels for travelers to view on their journey. Cooperative agreements with local organizations could also be initiated. To that end, the Route 66 Road Ahead Initiative was established, headed by Bill Thomas, who testified at this week’s Congressional hearing on the matter. House bill H.R. 801 proposes to grant National Historic Trail status to Route 66, and a separate bill, H.R. 66, the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, was tabled earlier this year and remains in subcommittee.

In the meantime, you can experience the flavor of the Route 66 experience for yourself and anywhere you choose to go with the multiple award-winning 1960 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Dual-Quad’ roadster we are offering at Scottsdale on January 17th! Sporting the matching 283-cid, 270-horsepower engine with dual 4-barrel carbs backed by a 4-speed transmission, it is a truly exceptional ‘C1’ Corvette with the right factory equipment and outstanding presence in every respect.

Learn more about it here and get ready to bid on it at our second annual Scottdale auction by calling us at 1-800-990-6789 or by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you at the first catalogue auction held during January’s famous Scottsdale auction week!

Great Examples of Ford’s Historic Model A Offered at Auburn

Ford Motor Company’s launch of the Model A represents one of the most dramatic business turnarounds in automotive and industrial history. While many believed by the mid-1920s that Henry Ford’s engineering and manufacturing genius had seen better days, Edsel Ford, Henry’s visionary son and Ford Motor Company president, successfully lobbied for a replacement for the venerable Model T. Launched in 1927 for 1928, the all-new Model A was modern and more complex, yet much simpler to operate than the “Tin Lizzie.” A new four-cylinder engine produced twice the T’s power output, while the exterior featured handsome Lincoln-inspired design cues.

As expected, the debut of the new Model A was a highly anticipated event, featuring personal comments by Henry Ford in pre-launch advertisements and widely circulated media interviews. Early customers included eventual U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Hollywood stars who posed for photos with their new Model A’s, clearly enthused by their fresh styling and sprightly performance. In fact, with the Model A, Ford perfected the art of product placement in one of the most successful new product launches in all of automotive history.

Easy to operate, maintain, and enjoy, the Model A represents everything that is good in today’s classic-car hobby, never failing to draw admirers with their charm and landmark Edsel Ford-directed styling. Offered from the great collection of Jimmie Taylor, these great examples provide a wonderful opportunity for smart collectors at our Auburn auction on Saturday, September 2nd. Be sure to register to bid here!

1929 Ford Model A Roadster

Offered Without Reserve

  • Highly attractive example of one of Ford’s most important prewar cars
  • Most desirable and sporting Roadster body style in excellent colors
  • Very well-equipped and accessorized; ready to tour and enjoy

1929 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup

Offered Without Reserve

  • Enduring older restoration of Ford’s iconic Roadster Pickup
  • Well-preserved, attractive, and ready to be enjoyed or put to work
  • Accessories include side-mounted spare and Atlas auxiliary water bag

1929 Ford Model A Pickup Truck

Offered Without Reserve

  • Outstanding example of Ford’s first closed-cab pickup
  • Well-restored, preserved, presented, and ready to enjoy
  • Accessories include steel sun visor and New York license plates

1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan

Offered Without Reserve

  • Handsomely presented and preserved restoration
  • Exciting color combination and outstanding presence
  • Historic Ford model with many wonderful accessories
  • Engine equipped with Auto-Lite exhaust manifold heater

1931 Ford Model A Roadster

Offered Without Reserve

  • Handsome and sporty final-year Model A Roadster
  • Exciting color combination and outstanding presence
  • Historic pre-war Ford model with many desirable accessories
  • Captivating and ready to enjoy


Enjoy the Classsic Car Hobby With a True Icon – Henry Ford’s Model T!

Introduced in October 1908, Henry Ford’s Model T represents an uncanny combination of durability, reliability, and affordability. Remaining in production for nearly 19 full years until 1927, some 15 million examples of the beloved “Tin Lizzie” were built. In addition to making Henry Ford a household name, the little car put the world on wheels. The Model T remains an enduring cultural phenomenon today and rightly, it was recognized as the “Car of the Century” in 1999, above 700 other worthy candidates for this prestigious award. In fact, the Model T stands as the world’s first “true” People’s Car, being affordable when new by anyone earning about $5 a day, the wage earned by Henry Ford’s assembly-line workforce in Dearborn.

Today, the Model T is immensely enjoyable and usable. Its legendary durability, a function of the high-strength steel specified in its construction by Ford, makes the Model T startlingly enjoyable among today’s collectors and enthusiasts. Purchase prices are also low, in keeping with the vast production numbers. While certainly not capable of “Fast and Furious” performance, the Model T is perfectly capable of enjoyable touring on secondary roads and incredibly enjoyable. Our suite of Model Ts hails from the wonderful collection of Mr. Jimmie Smith of Huntington, Virginia – celebrating the highlights of the Model T lineage and best of all, they are all offered at No Reserve!

Here are the Model Ts from the Jimmie Smith Collection and they are all ready to be sold at No Reserve from Worldwide Auctioneers at the National Auto and Truck Museum in Auburn, Indiana on Saturday, September 2nd! Be sure to register to bid with us at bidders@worldwideauctioneers.com .

Here are brief details of the wonderful Model Ts we are offering in Auburn:

From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1913 Ford Model T Touring

Offered Without Reserve

  • Charming example of the quintessential “Brass Model T”
  • The earliest of several Model Ts from The Jimmie Taylor Collection
  • Well-equipped with period accessories and well-fitted folding top
  • Wonderful example of one of the world’s most influential automobiles


From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1919 Ford Model T Depot Hack

Offered Without Reserve

  • Wonderful and authentically presented Depot Hack
  • Fun and usable example of the historic and adaptable Model T
  • Accessorized with two Desert water bags
  • Equipped with electric start, cowl and tail lamps, spare-wheel carrier


1920 Ford Model T Touring

Offered Without Reserve

  • A true pre-war motoring icon, essential to any collection
  • Early example with optional electric starting and battery
  • Engaging presentation with glossy paint and very nice upholstery
  • Well-fitted folding top, Ford scripted mats, auxiliary water bag


From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1921 Ford Model T Center Door Sedan

Offered Without Reserve

  • Striking ‘Center Door’ Sedan body style
  • Example of Ford’s first Sedan model
  • Sought-after Model T with well-restored interior
  • Electric starting and charging system


From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1926 Ford Model T Tudor Sedan

Offered Without Reserve

  • Handsome late-production example of the historic Model T
  • A true pre-war motoring icon, essential to any collection
  • Early example with optional electric starting and battery
  • Engaging presentation with glossy paint and very nice upholstery


From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1927 Ford Model T Coupe

Offered Without Reserve

  • Desirable and iconic “Doctor’s Coupe” body style
  • Handsome example from the Model T’s final year
  • Nicely equipped with period accessories
  • Attractively finished and presented throughout


Brooks Stevens – America’s Postwar Design Legend

 During the latter half of the 20th Century in America, your daily life was quite likely enhanced or influenced by Brooks Stevens. As one of only a handful of people who invented and defined Industrial Design, Mr. Stevens was a follower of, and a contemporary of, such luminaries as Frank Lloyd Wright, Raymond Loewy, and Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. In fact, Stevens and de Sakhnoffsky became personal friends and the latter spent a great deal of time at the Brooks Stevens Auto Museum during the 1950s. For his part, Stevens’ deep appreciation of de Sakhnoffsky’s 1930 Cord L-29, best known among collectors as the ‘Hayes Coupe’, spurred his drive to purchase this immensely successful show car for his own collection.

Brooks Stevens’ career and business grew exponentially following the close of WW II, with his many design credits including the first civilian Jeep models and mass-production automobile designs for Willys-Overland and Kaiser-Frazer. An avid fan of motor racing and the brilliant designs honed in competition, Stevens also designed and built a series of racing cars dubbed Excalibur and used the name for his striking neo-classic automobiles of the 1960s. He also yearned a return to designing opulent, bespoke cars, resulting in the sleek ‘Diana’ designed and built in 1945 for Diana Lewis Powell, wife of actor William Powell of “The Thin Man” fame. However, the time, expense, and unfavorable economics of such ventures were daunting.

Stevens’ eventual hiring of French public relations representative Guy Storr was pivotal, with Storr’s suggestion that Stevens should raise his European profile by designing a show car for display at the 1954 Paris Salon. Die Valkyrie was Stevens’ inspired reply to Storr’s creative challenge, said to be the right mix of French design sensibilities with a decidedly American presence on an American chassis – supplied by Cadillac – and clothed by Hermann Spohn, one of Germany’s best-regarded custom coach builders.

Low, long, and wide, measuring nearly 22 feet overall, the commanding presence of Die Valkyrie certainly suited the name, which was drawn from the stirring music from Wagner’s monumental opera, Die Walküre. American heritage and V-8 power were emphasized by a bold, V-shaped frontal motif including a large, unique chrome bumper and forward-slanted headlamp housings. The hood was the longest of any prototype car at almost 8 feet, and other design cues included the raked panoramic windshield, large removable hardtop, clean, fin-less rear fenders, a generous rear deck, upright, blade-style tail lamps, and a wrap-around rear bumper.

Innovations were many, including extra-wide doors allowing ease of entry and exit – even for rear-seat passengers, unique power-operated side windows with a large central pane between two vent windows per side, and a modernistic, Brooks Stevens signature black and white two-tone paint scheme, Stevens’ favorite color combination. Other advanced features included illuminated Plexiglas turn signals atop the front fenders and Plexiglas headlight cross pieces to concentrate the headlight beams yet reduce (by 50 per cent) the potential glare faced by oncoming drivers. The spacious interior featured plush upholstery matching the car’s luxurious persona.

The visually striking body was built by Hermann Spohn in Ravensburg, Germany, the highly admired coachbuilder whose work usually graced Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz chassis. Financial backing for the project came from Irwyn Metzenbaum, a Cleveland city councilor, and auto enthusiast. Following completion, Die Valkyrie was shown at the Paris Salon, where it created a sensation for its fascinating body design and demonstrated the stylistic possibilities afforded by its compact V-8 engine and sophisticated chassis, in contrast to the inline fours, sixes, and straight eights long favored by most of the era’s European manufacturers.

Next, Die Valkyrie toured Europe’s auto-show circuit and then it was displayed at the 1955 New York Auto Show held at Madison Square Garden, where it received the “Excellence of Design and Engineering” award. According to Mr. Bortz, an expert in the realm of concept cars, Die Valkyrie is believed to be the only such vehicle to have been awarded a U.S. Patent for its unique design. Clearly, many of its cutting-edge features have appeared, in one form or another, on many later production cars.

Next, Die Valkyrie was purchased by Brooks Stevens for his wife, Alice, and then from 1958, it formed part of the renowned Brooks Stevens Auto Museum collection. Following the passing of Mr. Stevens in 1995, this vehicle was purchased directly in 1997 from his estate by the Bortz Auto Collection in the Chicago area, where it has remained ever since. During 2003, Die Valkyrie returned to Milwaukee as a feature for a celebration of the life and work of Brooks Stevens at the Milwaukee Art Museum, entitled “Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World.” Fittingly, the banners along the streets to the Museum heralding the show featured the striking frontal design of Die Valkyrie.

Subsequent exhibitions included the 2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the June 2014 CCCA Grand Experience on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Blessed with unbroken provenance from new, Die Valkyrie is rightly considered one of the 10 most desirable prototypes still in existence from the 1950s and 1960s. Designed by Brooks Stevens, one of the most influential of all American automotive and industrial designers, Die Valkyrie continues to amaze all who experience it. Soon, you will have the chance to experience it for yourself, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ 10th Annual Auburn Auction on Saturday, September 2nd at the National Automobile and Truck Museum!

One of the Most Successful L-88 Corvettes Coming to Pacific Grove on August 17th!

The Fred Kepler-built 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L-88. One of the most successful and well-known privateer Corvettes of the 1970s. A great example of L-88 dominance long after the car was new.

Chevrolet’s Corvette, especially with mighty L-88 power, carries a truly special place in high-performance and international racing history. In fact, its stunning performance and victory tally have conferred near-mythical status since the cars were new. This L-88 Corvette racecar marks the maturation of the L-88 Corvette into a proven race-winner capable of challenging for outright, as well as class, victories everywhere it appeared. In fact, while many lesser racing cars had already retired from the track, L-88 Corvettes continued to set the standard in the world’s toughest road races and endurance contests on both sides of the Atlantic, well into the 1970s and beyond. Proving the point in 1972, an L-88 Corvette, an unlikely entry fielded by Ferrari stalwart Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T.), won class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Just 216 factory-built “production” L-88 Corvettes were built in all during the model’s three-year production run. Soon, by the early 1970s, L-88 parts and technology filtered down to committed privateers who continued to very successfully carry the L-88 banner in front-line competition. This 1968 L-88 Corvette racing car is a particularly successful and very well-known example.

Daytona 1972 with Fred Kepler. This L-88 powered 1968 Corvette was one of the most successful privateer Corvettes of the 1970s. in 1973, Fred Kepler won the New York Region SCCA A/Production Championship and was invited to compete at the elite American Road Race of Champions (ARRC) at Road America, where he led for the first three laps before retiring with brake failure.

Fred Kepler built this Corvette in 1972 from an original L-71 “Tri-Power” 427 car to race in IMSA, FIA, and SCCA Trans Am and A/Production. Fred hailed from Elmira, New York and raced in the SCCA Northeast region, being highly respected as one of the era’s best independent Corvette racers. Always a front runner, he prepared very competitive Corvettes, and this car was no exception. It was prepared to full L-88 specification with a 650-HP 427 and Muncie M-22 “Rock Crusher” four-speed, and sponsored by VelveTouch. This car contested both SCCA Trans Am and IMSA events as car #26 and #36 respectively with co-drivers Bob Sharp and John Orr. Bob Sharp is known as one of America’s finest drivers over his long career spanning 1960-1976, with 80 race entries at top U.S. events including 17 wins and 33 podiums. He also introduced screen legend Paul Newman to racing in 1971. As a team owner, Sharp’s famous Datsuns dominated IMSA GTU and won numerous races and championships through the 1970s and 1980s. John Orr was a successful SCCA veteran driver from 1967 through 1979, whose early-1970s rides included Robert Luebbe’s ex-Don Yenko/Sunray-DX L-88 Corvette offered here at Pacific Grove.

Given the personnel involved with this Corvette, it is hardly surprising that it placed 2nd in GTO and 4th Overall at the Bryan IMSA three-hour race in September 1972. In November 1972, this Corvette also finished a creditable 5th in GTO and 10th Overall at the season finale IMSA Daytona 250. In 1973, at the Watkins Glen six-hour FIA race, the Corvette finished 10th in the GT class. During the 1973 and 1974 seasons, the car also competed in SCCA Trans-Am at Watkins Glen. Ultimately in 1973, Fred Kepler won the New York Region SCCA A/Production Championship and was invited to compete at the elite-level American Road Race of Champions (AARC) at Road America. However, after leading for the first three laps, the Corvette was classified DNF with brake failure.

In 1974, Fred Kepler sold the Corvette to Tom Rynone, the hard-charging driver who continued to campaign the car in SCCA A/Production, Trans Am and IMSA races. Tom held the SCCA A/Production lap record at Watkins Glen for several years. Co-drivers with Mr. Rynone included Neil and Michael Wiernicki, Mike Oleyar, and David Kicak. Venues included Watkins Glen, Nelson Ledges, Mosport, and Trois-Rivières, with the best result 4th at the August 20, 1977 Mosport Trans-Am.

Repainted in Yellow with Tom Rynone.

Eventually, the Corvette was retired following an accident at the FIA July 12, 1981 Watkins Glen 6-Hour. During 2000, Mr. Rynone sold the Corvette to the current owner, who had it totally restored with the frame off to its 1972/73 livery and maintaining many of the suspension components and fine details from the early 1970s. Following completion, the Corvette returned to the track at the invitational 2010 Rolex Monterey Historic Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with the owner’s son finishing 2nd to the fastest Porsche 935; next, at Sonoma, he took pole and won class against that same 935. At the 2011 Monterey Historics, this Corvette was awarded a prestigious Monterey Trophy for performance and historic presentation.

Beautifully and expertly restored to its Fred Kepler livery and ready to race. Highly competitive with 2nd at 2010 Monterey Historics behind the fastest Porsche 935 Turbo and pole and first at the 2010 Sonoma Historics. At the 2011 Monterey Historics, this Corvette was awarded a prestigious Monterey Trophy for its performance and historic presentation.

Learn more about this beautifully restored, highly documented, and very potent L-88 1968 Corvette here for the full catalogue description and to bid on it, register for the Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey Peninsula here.

Join Us When the Great Race 2017 Comes to Auburn Wednesday, June 28th!

Auburn, Indiana’s historic Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, quietly awaiting the excitement to unfold when the 150 competitors in the Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2017 presented by Hagerty are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, June 28th.

On Wednesday, June 28th, the 150 teams competing in the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will arrive in Worldwide Auctioneers’ hometown of Auburn, Indiana. Having departed Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, June 24th, the teams will make their way on an epic journey covering roughly 2,351 miles bound for Traverse City, Michigan as their final destination on July 2nd. This year’s participants follow in a tradition that started in 1983 that continues stronger than ever.

Seeing the entrants off in Jacksonville was none other than Top Fuel drag racing legend Don “Big Daddy” Garlits, who serves as this year’s Grand Marshal for the event. Driving an incredible selection of cars ranging from a 1916 Chevrolet Phaeton, 1916 Hudson, and 1916 Studebaker Speedster to a mighty 1973 Jensen Interceptor, the vehicles of the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race are almost as diverse as the competitors themselves, who hail from virtually every state and from as far away as England and Japan. A challenging test of driving and navigational skills, the Great Race does cover a published list of destinations from point to point but the actual route of the race is a closely guarded secret that is only revealed to the participants at the start of each day’s stage.

Team Hagerty’s second car – a 1960 Plymouth Fury, driven by Shelbie Buchanan & navigated by Ashleigh Powell – arrive in Murfreesboro (Monday’s lunch stop). Photo credit: Matt Litwin, Hemmings Motor News.

X-Cup competitors Team Murfreesboro arrives in Bowling Green Monday evening. Photo Credit: Matt Litwin, Hemmings Motor News.

Here’s a listing of the Great Race 2017 route and event itinerary, giving you the opportunity to spot the teams on their journey and join them in the action as they arrive:

Saturday, June 24 – Stage 1: Jacksonville, Florida to Tifton, Georgia

Sunday, June 25 – Stage 2: Tifton, Georgia to Chattanooga, Tennessee

Monday, June 26 – Stage 3: Chattanooga, Tennessee to Bowling Green, Kentucky

Tuesday, June 27 – Stage 4: Bowling Green, Kentucky to Franklin, Indiana

Wednesday, June 28 – Stage 5: Franklin, Indiana to Auburn, Indiana

Thursday, June 29 – Stage 6: Auburn, Indiana to Ypsilanti, Michigan

Friday, June 30 – Stage 7: Ypsilanti, Michigan to Frankenmuth, Michigan

Saturday, July 1 – Stage 8: Championship Run from Frankenmuth, Michigan to Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

Sunday, July 2 – Stage 9: Championship Run from Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan to Traverse City, Michigan

Two-time Grand Champion Rex Gardner & grandson Kolton Hastert arrive in Bowling Green in their 1935 Ford 3-Window Coupe. Photo Credit: Matt Litwin, Hemmings Motor News.

Join us on Wednesday the 28th and help us give a warm welcome the teams participating in the Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2017 presented by Hagerty as they arrive at the renowned Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum on Gordon Buehrig Drive in Auburn. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Hemmings Speedster team, who are spearheading the Alzheimer’s Association “Longest Day” fundraising campaign to combat this life-changing disease that affects so many of our loved ones today. Daily event coverage is at the official Great Race 2017 website (http://www.greatrace.com/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/greatracerally/) , including a full listing of the stops along the way, plus blog posts by the participants, event updates, and great photos of the teams in action during this exciting classic car event. We look forward to seeing you there to welcome the Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2017 competitors and be sure to stop and say “Hi” to the Worldwide Auctioneers team while y9ou are there!


Masterpieces of Two-Wheeled Speed and Style Coming to Pacific Grove with Worldwide Auctioneers

Renowned collector and enthusiast Allen Smith with just a few of his two-wheeled treasures.

The team at Worldwide Auctioneers is thrilled to announce the upcoming offering of 10 significant vintage motorcycles – all to be sold at No Reserve – from the personal collection of renowned enthusiast and collector, Allen Smith. A tightly focused, expertly-curated group of some of the most historically significant motorcycles in existence, the Allen Smith Collection includes early American legends plus two of Britain’s mightiest motorcycles from the pre- and postwar eras.

Here are just two of the historic motorcycles in focus from this wonderful collection:

1903 Indian ‘Camelback

Named ‘Camelback’ by virtue of its unique rear fender/fuel tank/oil tank, this 1903 Indian is a beautiful Bradford Wilmarth restoration that has earned 99.75 points at the Antique Motorcycle Club of America Nationals. Truly historic and irreplaceable as the first chain-drive production model from Indian, it is simply a museum-worthy example of the world’s fastest motorcycle for 1903.

1914 Henderson Model C Four

Favored by police forces in period for its outstanding speed potential, the four-cylinder Henderson remains famous today. Looking fast even while standing still, this example continues to benefit from a restoration by vintage motorcycle specialist Bradford Wilmarth and features marvellous presence and exciting details.

Other great motorcycles in the Allen Smith collection include not one, but two, Cleveland Singles – a 1919 “Strap Tank” and a 1921 model, showing the evolution of American motorcycle styling and its influence on form and function at the dawn of the “Roaring Twenties.” Representing quality construction and engineering mastery with cost no object, the 1910 Pierce hails from the same company that dominated America’s prewar luxury-car market. An early example of the first four-cylinder American motorcycle, this Pierce is one of fewer than 500 produced in all and marks an essential component of any proper vintage motorcycle collection. A 1913 Flying Merkel features an expert restoration by Bradford Wilmarth and prior history includes long-term display at Australia’s National Motor Museum.

A striking example of streamlined motorcycle design, the 1916 Excelsior Auto-Cycle is a revered early V-Twin, built in Chicago, representing one of the constant challengers to the Indian and Harley-Davidson marques on the roads and deadly board tracks just prior to America’s entry into WW I. Speaking of board-track racers, the 1906 Thor Single beautifully represents this rich era of American motorsports history. Formerly owned by noted collector Bill Melvin, it is beautifully restored and continues to exemplify raw speed and pure adventure, in keeping with the rest of the Allen Smith Collection.

While primarily focused on America’s earliest motorcycling innovations, British legends are also well represented with a 1939 Brough Superior SS80 V-Twin, quite likely one of the finest unrestored examples known today. Documented by marque expert Mike Leatherdale and offered with copies of the original factory production records, it is very well equipped and striking throughout. Representing Britain’s postwar speed machines, the 1954 Ariel Square Four Mk II carries a muscular presence with power delivered by a mighty 995 cc ‘Four Pipe’ Mk II engine and marks one of the true high-water marks of British motorcycle engineering.

The entire collection and highlights can be viewed online at worldwideauctioneers.com and further information is available by calling 1.260.925.6789  or emailing Worldwide’s specialists at info@worldwideauctioneers.com . Descriptions of the vehicles offered are being researched and will be posted to our sale website as soon as possible.

Contact us to register to bid and plan to attend The Pacific Grove Auction at the start of Monterey Car Week on the evening of Thursday, August 17th, 2017, the first scheduled catalogue format auction during this year’s Monterey festivities. The Pacific Grove Auction will feature roughly 70 outstanding collector automobiles and motorcycles in the spectacular ocean side setting of the historic Pacific Grove Golf Links, adjacent to the famous 17 Mile Drive and perfectly positioned at the tip of the Peninsula for both Monterey and Pebble Beach. Full information on schedules, admission, and bidder registration is available here.