1977 Harley-Davidson 998cc XLCR Frame no. 7F00656H7 Engine no. 7F00656H7
Lot 282
1977 Harley-Davidson 998cc XLCR
Frame no. 7F00656H7 Engine no. 7F00656H7
Sold for £ 14,087 (US$ 18,021) inc. premium

Lot Details
1977 Harley-Davidson 998cc XLCR Frame no. 7F00656H7 Engine no. 7F00656H7 1977 Harley-Davidson 998cc XLCR Frame no. 7F00656H7 Engine no. 7F00656H7 1977 Harley-Davidson 998cc XLCR Frame no. 7F00656H7 Engine no. 7F00656H7
1977 Harley-Davidson 998cc XLCR
Frame no. 7F00656H7
Engine no. 7F00656H7
Harley-Davidson had been building the Sportster model for years but by the mid-1970s it had become obvious that something better would be required to compete with the hottest new road bikes from Europe and Japan. Styled by William G Davidson, the company’s Design Director, Harley’s riposte was the XLCR ‘Café Racer’, which combined the iron-barreled Sportster engine with a chassis incorporating an XR750-style box-section swinging arm, cast alloy wheels and triple disc brakes. With its matt black-finished engine cases, matching exhaust system and sleek glassfibre bodywork, the XLCR looked lean and mean. Trouble was, The XLCR still couldn’t cut it with the opposition and traditional Harley owners didn’t know what to make of it. Sales were disappointing and the model was dropped after only two years in production. Back in ’77, Bike magazine reckoned that the XLCR was essentially ‘about style and image more than any other machine on the market’ and there can be little doubt that turning up on one of these today would get you more attention than any modern sports bike. Only some 3,000-or-so were made and today the rare and stylish XLCR is highly prized by collectors.

This superb example was purchased by the current vendor from Harley-Davidson dealer, Dick Farmer in Orlando, Florida in 1990 and sold in 1995 to a collector. Repurchased in 1998, the XLCR has been kept dry-stored in the vendor’s private museum since then. Offered with EU duties paid (in Holland) the machine displays a total of only 2,493 miles on the odometer. There are no documents with this Lot.

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  • Please note, this machine IS offered with Dutch registration document.
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