Two Harley-Davidson Sidecars
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Two Harley-Davidson Sidecars
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Two Harley-Davidson Sidecars
Sidecars have attracted the attention of the public ever since they first were hooked up to a motorcycle in the beginning of the 20th Century. They developed from wicker seats on lightweight frames to comfortable metal tubs with sprung seating and leaf spring suspension on the chassis. In later years, perhaps they reduced the innate fear some people had of motorcycles and their riders.

These Harley-Davidson sidecars are from the 1936 & later period of production and were used in several World War II movie productions. In their current state, they were painted by Ekins for the movie sets. There is relevant knowledge that both of these sidecars were used in Steve McQueen's epic movie, The Great Escape (1963), in which Bud Ekins made the famous motorcycle jump over the wire fence. For this production, the Harleys were disguised as German motorcycles and these sidecars were made to appear as Steib sidecars. Later they were repainted for lease in Badge of Courage, Spielberg's 1941 and numerous other war films.

Imagine Steve McQueen having a smoke while relaxing in one of these sidecars during a break in the filming of The Great Escape, or taking one of the outfits for a little spin. These possibilities make their acquisition an exciting offer that becomes a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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