The Earliest Known Example, 10th Built
1957 Harley-Davidson XL
Engine no. 57XL1010
Now closing in on its sixth decade of continuous production, the Harley-Davidson Sportster is one of the longest-running model lines in vehicular history, two wheels or four. Here we have the 10th Sportster ever built, restored to its original state, one of the stars of the Pierce collection.
For such an important model, the Sporty did not have a particularly auspicious beginning, being basically an 883cc overhead-valve conversion to the K-model roadster, which it resembled in style and performance. Stripped-down, pumped-up models were soon to come, but the early Sportsters did their job well offering sporting riders an alternative to the lightweight, nimble-handling imports from England then gaining favor. With its swingarm frame, unit-construction engine/gearbox, foot shift and hand clutch, the XL was definitely not your grand-dad's Panhead dresser.
Finished in Midnight Blue and Birch White, an extra-charge option, the Pierce Sportster is a historically important machine, one of the earliest known examples of a milestone motorcycle.
- Please note that this motorcycle is titled under its engine number and its title is in transit.