1943 Harley-Davidson 750cc WLA 45 Engine no. 42WLA 58681

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Lot 367
1943 Harley-Davidson 750cc WLA 45
Registration no. 883 XUU Engine no. 42WLA 58681

Sold for £ 9,200 (US$ 12,773) inc. premium
1943 Harley-Davidson 750cc WLA 45
Registration no. 883 XUU
Engine no. 42WLA 58681
The Harley-Davidson WLA (WLC in Canada), was made in quantity for military use during WW2. Strongly built, its heart was the immensely reliable 747 cc side-valve engine and three-speed gearbox, easily started and capable of withstanding almost any abuse. The WLA is an imposing and distinctive machine, very well thought of on the rally circuit, where civilian 'dress' is the norm, rather than military finish.

883 XUU was bought, via Bonhams, in October 2009, in restored condition with French registration. A meticulous Harley enthusiast, the vendor immediately overhauled the WLA, which had been on museum display, with genuine and expensive H-D parts sourced from two continents. The transmission has received attention, along with a complete renewal of the rear wheel. A genuine Harley WLC clutch over-ride hand lever and mechanism has been added for ease of control in traffic, the rebuild finishing with new cosmetics and paintwork by 'Reborn to be Wild', as well as a new 'Harley' UK registration.

The result is a handsome and comfortable machine, which starts easily and runs beautifully. The vendor has covered over three hundred miles with complete reliability since completion and the WLA is for sale only because his advancing years have made him appreciate the electric starter of his modern H-D.

Complete with V5C, manuals, French papers, bills and with MOT and Historic road tax to January 2012, the WLA is ready for immediate use.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number 5A 5216A does not relate to this motorcycle. Similar to all Harley Davidson's of this period, the frame is unstamped.
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1943 Harley-Davidson 750cc WLA 45 Engine no. 42WLA 58681
1943 Harley-Davidson 750cc WLA 45 Engine no. 42WLA 58681
1943 Harley-Davidson 750cc WLA 45 Engine no. 42WLA 58681
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