1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734

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Lot 221
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD
Registration no. WXG 653 Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734

Sold for £ 16,100 (US$ 22,425) inc. premium
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD
Registration no. WXG 653
Frame no. 36VD4734
Engine no. 36VD4734
• Restored condition
• Previously in Police livery and specification
• Featured in the Discovery Channel's 'Harley & The Davidsons'
• Complete with Police accessories

The 'flat head' (sidevalve) Harley-Davidson VL 'Big Twin' was announced in July 1929 as a replacement for the inlet-over-exhaust 'pocket valve' twins that had been in production since 1911. The twin headlamps, round toolbox and Klaxon horn were carried over from its immediate predecessor, but nearly all of the rest of the bike was new. Harley's 1930 brochure described the new 74ci machine as 'standing head and shoulders above all comers, with such startling new features as a 20% more powerful motor with Ricardo removable heads, interchangeable wheels, bigger tires, drop-centre rims, lower riding position, greater road clearance, automatic increase of generator output, drop forged forks, 100% stronger frame, theft proof lock, dual front drive chain, improved clutch, and many other features making the 1930 Big Twin the greatest motorcycle value ever offered.'

Despite its maker's evident enthusiasm, the model V was far from an instant success. More massively built and heavier than its predecessor, the V lacked top-end power to such an extent that the first examples were recalled for an extensive engine redesign. A larger crankcase accommodating heavier flywheels did the trick. Its problems solved, the 74ci 'flat head' went on to win the hearts of Harley enthusiasts everywhere.

This example's 'VD' nomenclature indicates a generator-equipped model fitted with the low-compression engine. The machine was purchased in February 2016 from VL Heaven for use in the Discovery Channel's hit TV show, 'Harley & The Davidsons'. A pristine white and black Police Motorcycle when purchased, it was subsequently repainted red and black to match the 1931 Harley-Davidson 'Big Twin' in this sale (Lot 222). A slightly modified rear mudguard was fitted for the same reason (original mudguard included). The repainted VD featured prominently in the H-D factory scenes throughout Episode 3.

'WXG 653' has had only two registered keepers since its date of first registration in the UK (1st February 2015). The motorcycle is sold with most, if not all, of the Police Motorcycle accessories, tool kit, etc. It should be noted that VL Heaven has quoted £1,000 to restore the white and black Police livery. Offered with a V5C Registration Certificate.

Saleroom notices

  • The documentation will be forwarded to Bonhams after the sale. The machine was featured in the Sky Drama 'Harley & The Davidsons' as a static display and will require recommissioning to a greater or lesser extent. There are no police accessories or tool kit with this Lot.
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1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
1936 Harley-Davidson 74ci VD Frame no. 36VD4734 Engine no. 36VD4734
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