c.1920 Harley-Davidson 584cc Model W Engine no. 20W1932

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Lot 224
c.1920 Harley-Davidson 584cc Model W
Registration no. AT 491 Engine no. 20W1932

Sold for £ 18,400 (US$ 24,385) inc. premium
c.1920 Harley-Davidson 584cc Model W
Registration no. AT 491
Engine no. 20W1932
Inspired by the British Douglas, which likewise used a horizontally opposed, twin-cylinder engine, the Harley-Davidson Model W Sport would prove more popular in Europe than America, where the v-twin engine held sway. The Model W was introduced in 1919 and, like Douglas, Harley set its engine lengthways in the frame. Displacing 584cc, the 6hp twin was installed in a frame of the 'keystone' type, open at the bottom, which used the engine as a stressed element, while other noteworthy features included geared primary drive and a unique type of front fork. Although not overly powerful, the Model W obviously handled well and possessed a decent turn of speed, as evidenced by a number of record-breaking achievements. Despite these successes the American motorcycling public remained unconvinced of the Model W's virtues and H-D pulled the plug on this promising design after only a few seasons. Production ended in 1923, by which time 9,883 machines had been built, only 60-or-so of which are believed to be on the road today.

Found by the Earnshaw family in a Manchester cellar where it had been since at least the 1950s, this restored Model W comes with a copy of its Kingston-upon-Hull registration record showing that 'AT 391' was first carried by a 1914 Humberette cyclecar. Noteworthy features of this rare motorcycle include a Cowey speedometer, Klaxon horn, Bosch magneto, and a map scroll. Last MoT'd in 2009/2010, the machine is offered with SORN paperwork, copy VMCC dating certificate, old/current V5/V5C documents, some expired MoTs, and a pre-restoration photograph.

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c.1920 Harley-Davidson 584cc Model W Engine no. 20W1932
c.1920 Harley-Davidson 584cc Model W Engine no. 20W1932
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