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World War II Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Available Now!

We now have three (3) original and completely restored Harley Davidson WLA motorcycles available now!

All of these will have the following features: the machines that we build up will have rebuilt engines, gearboxes, new wiring, original rebuilt speedometers, new brown leather seats

and all the special  military equipment. This includes machine gun rack, leather scabbards, ammunition box, skid plate, oil bath air cleaner, data plate, saddle bag rack and saddle bags.

Every nut and bolt will be addressed and plated as per original specifications.  The machines are fully functional, not static displays and come with titles for immediate "0" mileage registration .

 If the buyer wants to put them in offices or museums for displays we can set them up that way as the new batteries can be delivered without

acid and the engines can be test run and then drained of oil.  Many customers end up doing that.

1942 World War Two Harley-Davidson WLA

The photos below are the exact bike offered here and were taken 8/26/2014 showing the completed bike.

It is completed NOW and ready to go.  We will have another that is about exactly the same by the middle of August at the latest.

This one has New Hampshire registration!

   Get a deposit in now to hold one!

Price: $29,950 FOB Florida!

1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale

        1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale

    1942 restored Harley Davidson WLA for sale now!  1942 restored Harley Davidson WLA for sale now!

1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale  1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale   1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale   1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale

It has original fenders!

1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale   1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale   1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale

1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale  1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale   1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale

   1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale   1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale   1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale

Details on this bike!

Frontal view with ammunition box and gun brackets installed.
Finishing wiring today 5/25/2014, then final assembly before running it.

Original speedometer (rebuilt) is not installed yet.
Notes: (original fenders, frame, forks, re-spoked wheels, gas tanks. Rebuilt engine, gearbox. Made in USA wiring(cloth type)
exhaust with special military muffler, rebuilt speedometer with military face. Comes with saddle bags on luggage rack, gun scabbard
data plate, oil bath air cleaner, deep water fording kit installed on cam chest breather, skid plate, guide marked blackout lights.
Rebuilt carburetor, generator, distributer. It is a 6 volt system with solid state cut-out for charging, looks and mounts like original, with new battery.
About 75% of the parts are original on this one!

1942 restored Harley Davidson WLA for sale now!    

The above photos are the exact bike that is ready to deliver "now"!

1942 World War Two Harley-Davidson WLA with Side car.

Harley Davidson WW2 WLA with side car for sale

  Full restoration with 800 miles on total engine rebuild with many NOS parts.
The bike has the servi-car transmission with reverse.  
It also has the wider side car handle bars according to Steve White.  
The primary drive is also low geared for the side car to better pull from standing start.

Harley Davidson WW2 WLA with side car for sale
 
 Converted to a 12 volt system. 
 Other than that and a few reproduction parts like seat, bags and scabbard mostly original. 

Harley Davidson WW2 WLA with side car for sale

 The bike is near Seattle, WA,  and we have a WA state title in hand. 

Harley Davidson WW2 WLA with side car for sale

1942 Harley Davidson WLA for sale with side car
 
The serial number is WLA 42-52641 everyone has told us this is a good number and factory correct stamp with no doubt that it is original deep clearly read number.



  The bike has been tuned by Steve White the curator of The Northwest Vintage motorcycle museum. 
 This bike has won awards in local motorcycle shows as well as drawling a crowd every time someone rides it. 

Priced to sell FAST at $26,950 US$
We can arrange delivery anywhere in the world!

A video of this WLA, with the side car running is available on request!

Harley Davidson WLA with side care for sale

Harley Davidson WLA with side care for sale  

Harley Davidson WLA with side care for sale   Harley Davidson WLA with side care for sale   Harley Davidson WLA with side care for sale

 

Below is the last one sold. We have sold about seven of these and shipped to several foreign countries!

1942 Harley Davidson WLA for sale   1942 Harley Davidson WLA for sale

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                     This World War Two Harley-Davidson WLA has completely rebuilt engine on it with "0" mileage.

It also has a brand new rebuilt carburetor, manifold, and a 3 brush generator.

All new wiring on the entire bike! New tires!  Spokes and wheels rebuilt or replaced.

This machine also has lots of new original stock (NOS) parts on it. Including the speedometer, the dash base, and some of the wiring.

The rest of this great WLA appears to be very good condition.

Their are a few replica parts on this machine, as all of them out there have now.

 The seat, saddle bags and the Thompson leather scabbard are reproductions,

but they look great and function perfectly. One of saddle bag even has the small pocket

inside to separate the gear. They are the typical pebble grain texture. The handlebars with

brake controls appear to be new old stock too.

Title is included!

The price on the next one is: $29,950 US$ completely restored as with a "0" mileage title.

Located in Florida for free pick up or we can ship it anywhere in the world!

By selling to the U.S. military and police, Harley-Davidson maintained a competitive advantage. During World War I (1914-1918), the U.S. armed forces commissioned 20,000 Harley-Davidson bikes. The company developed new technologies during the 1920s, such as the unique teardrop-shaped gas tank and front brakes, which enabled it to outsell many of its competitors. Most other bike manufacturers in the United States were unable to survive Great Depression of the '30s, and by the early '40s the only ones remaining were Harley-Davidson and Indian, a company famous for its Ghost line of motorcycles.

World War II

Rare 1942 Harley Davidson XA "Like New" for sale

Harley-Davidson produced the WLA Model 45 for the U.S. Army. It was a great, reliable flat-headed power plant that allowed soldiers to act as messengers, go on the offensive and, in general, cruise where no other vehicle would take them. Even so, it wasn't good enough for the high heat and the desert sand of North Africa.

"We want a shaft drive motorcycle to go up against General Rommel," said the Army. Harley-Davidson devised the XA-750 to fit the Army's requirements. They built 1,011 of them and reportedly enough spare parts to make another 1,000 motorcycles.

When the Army ordered a shaft drive motorcycle for use in North Africa against the German Army, Harley-Davidson built the XA-750 and Indian built the 841. The Harley used a springer front end that was two inches longer than any other springer Harley was using for civilian production.

America is plunged into World War II. Production of civilian motorcycles is almost entirely suspended in favor of military production. The Service School is converted to the Quartermasters School for the training of military mechanics.

Except for a few models the U.S. government "okayed" for civilian use, models produced during the war years were made for the U.S. military. The XA was one of those models. Others included the WLA and WLC (for Canada).

According to Jerry Hatfield, author of several books about Harley-Davidson, Walter Davidson, William S. Harley and William H. Davidson went to Washington, DC, on February 17, 1941 to submit bids for production of the shaft-drive motorcycle the Army wanted. The Harley-Davidson team told the government they could produce the XA in a quantity of 1,000 for only $870.35 per copy. Or, they said, the Motor Company could produce 1,500 for $731.01 each. Lastly, the Milwaukee team pitched building 3,000 units at a cost of only $569.61 each to the government.

The Army opted for a mere 1,000 XA's with all deliveries to be completed by July 1942.

The Harley-Davidson XA-750 models were pressed into service by the United States Army. Some made their way to, among other places, Ft. Carson, Colorado and Ft. Knox, Kentucky. It was in Kentucky that Private Milton J. Long was chosen by Lt. John Harley, son of Harley-Davidson founder William S. Harley, to ride an XA as an escort for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1942-1946

The United States Army ordered over 1,000 XAs for use in the desert. Unfortunately, none ever saw combat. It is truly unknown how many XA-750s were produced from 1942-1946. Some accounts have exactly 1,011. Others say versions of the basic XA were produced in small quantities as late as 1946.

Some reports have Harley-Davidson making several more units during those years including some just for the engines for use powering a mini version of the Jeep called the "Peep," snowmobiles and outfits with a shaft driven sidecar wheel.

After the war, Harley-Davidson continued to think of ways to use the XA-750 as part of their civilian line up and in 1946 created a prototype Servi-Car with the XA engine as its power plant.

Disposition

World War II had ended. Harley-Davidson's XA-750 shaft drive never saw the lucrative contract for steady production nor the light of combat. The U.S. Government sold and disposed of their inventory of XA "prototypes" as well as their spare parts as military surplus through their normal channels. It has been said that many were either cut up and sold off in parts or destroyed by the government. It is unknown how many of these still exist, but estimates put the number at fewer than 300 world-wide. Some estimates are as low as 60 complete, working XAs.

Since World War II, Harley-Davidson XA-750s seldom come up for sale, and it is especially rare to find one that is complete and restored.

Below is some general information on these fantastic pieces of United States history.

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 These WLA Harley's shown below are NOT for sale - just samples!

Harley Davidson 1942 WLA for sale

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We are also very interested in buying these motorcycles used in WW2 for cash or listing them on consignment, as we have a number of customers searching for them!

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