1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD Engine no. 39EL2840

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Lot 128
1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD
Engine no. 39EL2840

Sold for US$ 57,500 inc. premium
1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD
Engine no. 39EL2840
"Some people consider the 61 'Knucklehead' to be the bike that put Indian out of business; others claim it was the bike that save Harley-Davidson. Either way, this was Harley's first proper production overhead-valve twin and, introduced in 1936, it was a groundbreaking machine. The crucial new feature on the bike was its all-new...engine, which for the first time on a Harley, also have a recirculating lubrication system. But the 61 wasn't just about improved technology – it was also one of the best looking bikes that Harley ever built, and elements of its design can be seen in the cruisers of today. It became one of the best-loved Harleys ever made." Hugo Wilson, The Ultimate Harley-Davidson Book (Dorling Kindersley, 2000.)

This '39 Knucklehead has been completely re-manufactured using a custom Paughco frame to show quality. Paughco Inc. of Carson City, Nevada was started by Ron Paugh in 1969 to supply custom parts for Harley-Davidsons; soon he earned an enviable reputation earning the accolade of "the undisputed godfather of the chopper industry." The engine and transmission was rebuilt by Glen Lenz of The Iron Works, of Rockford, Illinois, one the best in the business. The leather saddle and saddlebags were custom made in New Mexico. The bike has covered less than 500 miles since its construction but most importantly the original frame and springer front fork was also rebuilt at the same time and comes together with the bike.

The vendor offers a unique opportunity with this excellent custom-built Knucklehead. For the buyer there are two choices: to run and show the bike as it is or to rebuild it back into its original, matching numbers frame and fork.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this bike is titled under its engine number.
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1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD Engine no. 39EL2840
1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD Engine no. 39EL2840
1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD Engine no. 39EL2840
1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD Engine no. 39EL2840
1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD Engine no. 39EL2840
1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD Engine no. 39EL2840
1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD Engine no. 39EL2840
1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD Engine no. 39EL2840
1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD Engine no. 39EL2840
1939 Harley-Davidson EL PAUGHCO 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD Engine no. 39EL2840
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