Mecum’s 29th Annual Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction is coming up quickly in Las Vegas. This year’s sale features a staggering 1,750 motorcycles and while Mecum’s Vegas auction annually features some of the rarest and most collectible motorcycles around, this year’s event includes two extra special bikes, Indian Larry’s personal ride and his last build.

“Grease Monkey,” a custom 1956 Harley, was Indian Larry’s daily rider. The motorcycle graced the cover of Easyriders magazine in September of 1998 and gained further fame in the TV show Motorcycle Mania II. “Grease Monkey” has a nickel-plated Paughco frame, a Ceriani fork, a Paul Cox hand-tooled seat, and the unmistakable red metal flake and pearl white flame paint job. Indian Larry’s name in gold leaf on the tank should fuel the bidding war even more.

“Chain of Mystery,” built during Indian Larry’s third appearance on the TV show “Biker Build-Off,” was the last custom bike he ever made. The motorcycle gets its name from its distinctive chain link frame. The engine, with a Panhead top end on the front and a Shovelhead on the rear, is a work of art in its own right. From the engraving to its paint, “Chain of Mystery” was a mind-blowing build. The motorcycle is truly reflective of Indian Larry’s legacy and is an irreplaceable piece of custom motorcycle history. As such, it will certainly fetch a princely sum when it rolls onto the auction block. Mecum’s 29th Annual Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction runs from January 21 -26. Good luck, bidders!

Here’s more info and photos of the Indian Larry motorcycles up for sale courtesy of Mecum’s Auctions.

Lot S182 - 2004 Indian Larry Chain of Mystery


Sold on Bill of Sale

Not for highway or public road use.

Not Street Legal

Selling as a "Display Only Motorcycle"

103 ci engine

2 cylinder

Engine #D02923

An Indian Larry bike filmed on "Biker Build-off"

One of the finest motorcycle artisan workmanships ever seen

Hand-tooled leather saddle by Paul Cox

On the saddle is an image of Larry as the "Grease Monkey"

Engine parts engraved by CJ Allan

Robert Pradke painted the graphics

"Indian Larry's" last design

The legend of Indian Larry only grows with time, as he was perhaps the most widely respected, even revered, custom motorcycle builder of his day. The Chain of Mystery was Larry’s last motorcycle build, and it will be forever remembered as such. Chain of Mystery was built during Larry’s third appearance on Jesse James’ “Biker Build-Off,” and his inspiration was to build a frame entirely from chain links, welded up piece-by-piece by Eddie McGarry using a jig to keep everything straight. No-one had ever built such a frame, and some questioned whether it would even work, but it proved perfectly strong. The engine used a mix of two Harley-Davidson top ends: a Panhead front and Shovelhead rear, both of which were highly decorated with amazing hand engraving, as were the engine, transmission and ancillary parts. The brake rotors were laser-cut with the Indian Larry logos (the question mark/cross combination), and many other parts on the bike also carried his distinctive logo, meant to symbolize the mystery of life, as Larry loved to express in his magnanimous way. As can be seen in these photos, the Chain of Mystery is covered in the finest artisanal workmanship seen on any motorcycle. Larry’s garage partner Paul Cox hand-tooled the leather saddle with an image of Larry as the “Grease Monkey.” CJ Allan did the exceptional engraving all over the engine and transmission, with multiple question marks, phrases, logos and spider webs. The paint job began as a starburst violet, over which Robert Pradke painted graphics like a psychedelic Indian Larry name and logo in gold leaf, with floating question marks, while everything else was pinstriped, flamed, leafed and lovingly finished. Commenting on the finished Chain of Mystery during the filming of the show, Larry said “You don’t see bikes like this that often. That’s what I shoot for: something that’s just mind-bending.” He certainly succeeded. The Chain of Mystery is a historic and important motorcycle, and it’s a moving piece of history for fans of Indian Larry. This is a unique opportunity, as this machine has never been for sale, but his family feels the time has come to share Larry’s legacy and offer this amazing motorcycle to the world.

LOT S181 - 1956 Harley-Davidson Indian Larry Grease Monkey


88 ci engine

2 cylinder

Engine #56FLH150340E

First custom chopper of "Indian Larry" to gain world-wide fame

Personal bike of "Indian Larry"

Featured on the cover of "Easyriders" magazine 9/98

Larry was famously seen riding this bike on the TV show "Motorcycle Mania 2" with Jesse James

Built with a modified Paughco frame that's entirely nickel-plated

Grease Monkey was Indian Larry’s first custom chopper to gain worldwide fame, and he built it for himself, long before the television crews arrived and made him a household name. Grease Monkey remained Indian Larry’s personal ride for the rest of his life, and it’s now being offered for sale for the first time ever. Larry built Grease Monkey in 1998 when he was one of a handful of New York City-based customizers and worked in a shop along with Paul Cox called Psycho Cycles. Around the time Grease Monkey was built, Psycho Cycles disbanded, and Larry worked in a small shop back in Manhattan right across from his old boss Hugh Mackie at 6th Street Specials, which is still in business. Grease Monkey was featured on the cover of “Easyriders” magazine in September that year, and its unique style became an inspiration for a totally different kind of chopper than what was on the custom motorcycle scene. Grease Monkey recalled traditional customized motorcycles of the 1950s: stripped-down and very light, high-performance motorcycles built for performance, not show, and intended to be ridden. Larry built his machines to work in all weathers and conditions, and that’s how he rode Grease Monkey, his personal ride. Indian Larry was famously filmed riding Grease Monkey on the TV show “Motorcycle Mania II” with Jesse James. It’s constructed using a modified Paughco frame that has been entirely nickel-plated and paired with Italian Ceriani front forks for excellent steering. The hand-tooled seat was made by Larry’s friend and garage partner, the legendary Paul Cox. The paint job is a magnificent red metal flake with pearl white flames, with the Indian Larry name and logo in gold leaf on the tank and Grease Monkey painted on the primary drive. The materials used all reflect 1960s-era custom builds, and the net result is as compelling as Larry himself—no wonder he kept it as his daily ride. It’s tough and wiry with tremendous charisma. Grease Monkey is more than a motorcycle; it’s a talisman and a keystone to the Indian Larry story, and as close as you’ll get to the man himself.