1928 Husqvarna Twin
Frame no. 3867
Engine no. 3867
Like many other motorcycle manufacturers (BSA, Royal Enfield, FN, etc), the Swedish manufacturer Husqvarna was initially known for producing armaments in the late 1800s, before commencing bicycle production, as well as chainsaws, sewing machines, etc. While they attached engines to their bicycles in 1903, it wasn't until 1918 that Husqvarna built their own motorcycle engines to secure a Swedish Army contract. They built a new engine plant in 1920, with their first design a 550cc sidevalve 50 degree V-twin engine, as seen here. The factory built single-cylinders and V-twins of up to 1000cc capacity, and began fielding a racing team for road and off-road events, and is famous for Grands Prix victories in the mid-30s, with Stanley Woods and Ernie Nott at the helm of the Folke Mannerstedt-designed 350cc and 500cc OHV V-twin racers of 1931. The company ceased building four-stroke motorcycles in 1937, focusing instead on a lightweight two-stroke machine, which ultimately became, in the postwar era, a World Champion motocross racer.
The machine featured here is an exceptionally well-restored 1928 Husqvarna Model 180 with 550cc sidevalve V-twin engine. The engine was comprehensively rebuilt as documented in detailed correspondence and drawings included with the machine; an 'as new' crankshaft and new main bearings, new valves and guides, plus oversize pistons from Mahle giving a useful capacity increase to 600cc. The gearbox was also fully rebuilt, and the machine restored under the supervision of an executive with SAAB Cars USA with a penchant for fine detail. Further specifications include full electric lighting from a Bosch mag-dyno, and a twin-brake rear drum with a contracting band on the outside of the drum, as well as conventional brake shoes within. It has a 3-speed gearbox which shifts via a gate on top of the fuel tank, and the 600cc engine produces approximately 16hp @ 4000rpm. Vintage Husqvarnas are solidly built, as one might expect from a longstanding engineering works, and are exceptionally rare in the US; this machine is especially desirable having been fully reconditioned by a passionate expert, and on top of it all is a very beautiful machine.
- Please note that the correct frame number for this motorcycle is 212686 and its title is transit.