1942 Harley-Davidson 61ci 'Knucklehead' Frame no. 42E2640 Engine no. 42E2640
Lot 212
1942 Harley-Davidson 61ci 'Knucklehead'
Registration no. not UK registered Frame no. 42E2640 Engine no. 42E2640
£30,000 - 35,000
US$ 38,000 - 45,000

Lot Details
1942 Harley-Davidson 61ci 'Knucklehead' Frame no. 42E2640 Engine no. 42E2640 1942 Harley-Davidson 61ci 'Knucklehead' Frame no. 42E2640 Engine no. 42E2640 1942 Harley-Davidson 61ci 'Knucklehead' Frame no. 42E2640 Engine no. 42E2640 1942 Harley-Davidson 61ci 'Knucklehead' Frame no. 42E2640 Engine no. 42E2640 1942 Harley-Davidson 61ci 'Knucklehead' Frame no. 42E2640 Engine no. 42E2640 1942 Harley-Davidson 61ci 'Knucklehead' Frame no. 42E2640 Engine no. 42E2640 1942 Harley-Davidson 61ci 'Knucklehead' Frame no. 42E2640 Engine no. 42E2640 1942 Harley-Davidson 61ci 'Knucklehead' Frame no. 42E2640 Engine no. 42E2640
1942 Harley-Davidson 61ci 'Knucklehead'
Registration no. not UK registered
Frame no. 42E2640
Engine no. 42E2640
Without question one of the most handsome and readily recognisable motorcycle engines of all time, the Harley-Davidson EL overhead-valve v-twin - known as the 'Knucklehead' after its distinctively shaped rocker boxes – had first appeared in 61ci form in 1936 powering a stylish all-new motorcycle. A twin-loop frame was deemed necessary to handle the model's increased power, while the front suspension too was beefed up, the forks switching to oval tubing in place of the previous forged I-beams. Teething problems associated with the earliest examples had been sorted out by 1937 and the Milwaukee factory quickly set about establishing the EL's performance credentials. Joe Petrali set a new speed record of 136mph at Daytona Beach on March '37, while Fred Ham later averaged 76mph for 24 hours at Murco Dry Lake in California to set a new best mark. Progressively improved, the overhead-valve Harley remained a cornerstone of the range until superseded by Evolution-engined models in the 1980s.

This restored Knucklehead dates from 1942, a time when Harley-Davidson was increasingly taken up with production of military models, and thus is relatively rare. The machine was purchased in Portugal in 1991 and privately imported into the UK by the current vendor, having previously been registered in Montevideo, Uruguay. Described as in generally good condition, the machine is offered with previous owner correspondence, shipping documents and invoices, and C&E Form 386 confirming VAT and duty paid.

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