c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599

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Lot 327
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA
Registration no. HVM 508 Frame no. 9599

Sold for £ 9,430 (US$ 13,135) inc. premium
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA
Registration no. HVM 508
Frame no. 9599
In 1939 the US Army was supplied with two prototype Harley Davidsons for military evaluation and, based on tests and comparison with other machines, such as Indian and Delco, an order was eventually placed in 1940 for the first WLAs. Based on the pre-war WL model, it had the benefit of a recirculating oil system to aid longevity in the field and was equipped with various accoutrements of war, such as the ammunition box, rifle holster, black-out lights and the battlefield air filter. It proved to be a success in its military role and was supplied to several countries, including Great Britain, who ordered 5000 in the early stages of World War II. It seems possible that this machine could be one of the 5000 supplied to Great Britain, as it was first registered for road use in Manchester in 1947, after the cessation of hostilities. The crankcases are unnumbered, suggesting that they may have been replaced with a new pair during wartime service.

Purchased by the vendor's deceased partner from a local acquaintance in 1995, the WLA was last MoT'd in 1998. It has been standing since that time in a large unheated building and will require some re-commissioning or restoration work. Paperwork consists of a current V5C document, together with an older type V5C, and an old V5. There are three expired MoT certificates, an expired road tax disc, and a number of SORN declarations.

Saleroom notices

  • We are unable to locate a frame number. The Engine Number is 42-1761.
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c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
c.1942 Harley-Davidson 739cc WLA Frame no. 9599
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