1940 Harley-Davidson EL
Engine no. 40EL3076
As American motorcycle milestones go, it doesn't get much better than a Harley-Davidson Knucklehead. Introduced in 1936, the 61-cubic-inch (1000cc) V-twin with overhead valves and a recirculating oiling system was technologically advanced for its time. It was also a beautiful powerplant, sporting those distinctive namesake rockerbox covers, each attached to twin pushrod tubes.
Styling-wise the EL set a classic template that even today's Harley-Davidsons follow, namely the handsome teardrop-shaped gas tank with top-mounted instrument console.
One of Wayne Pierce's favorite bikes, this largely unrestored 1940 example may have been repainted bright green early in its life, and is typical of the mildly personalized machines ridden back in the day. Colored handgrips and shift knob were period accessories, as were the twin rear fender bars and chrome stripes atop the fender. Genuine Harley-Davidson embossed leather saddlebags were decorated with conchos, some of which bear illustrations of elk or flowers under glass. Chrome saddlebag hangers are further embellished with glass baubles of different colors.
- Please note that this motorcycle is titled under its engine number and its title is in transit.