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World War II Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Available Now!

1942 World War Two Harley-Davidson WLA

We will have this one ready right now and located in Southern California.

Just listed 7/28/2015

We now have one original and completely restored Harley Davidson WLA motorcycle that was used in World War Two!

  1942 Harley Davidson WLA completly restored for sale

1942 Harley Davidson WLA completly restored for sale

   This World War Two Harley Davidson WLA has a completely rebuilt engine and gearbox in it.

1942 Harley Davidson WLA completly restored for sale

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

This machine also has lots of new original stock(nos) parts on it. The speedometer is original and has been rebuilt, all wiring is brand new. So are the tires, re-spoked wheels, all military equipment including the gun brackets, ammo box, saddle bags, skid plate, oil air cleaner, crash bars, military solo seat, guide marked lights and data plate is installed.

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 fenders and gas tanks appear to be originals, with the proper curves

All rivets installed. The seat, saddle bags and the Thompson leather scabbard are reproductions,

But they look great and function perfectly. They are the typical pebble grain texture.

There is a reproduction "Tommy Gun" included as well as a shovel and case attached to the gun holder.

The price on this one is: $29,950 US$ completely restored as it is.

Most of our buyers have to wait several months before one of these is available from our builder!

A "0" mileage title is included!

This bike as been part of a Military Display and has not been on the road since we sold it a couple of years ago.

It has been in the "preserved" mode and will need servicing before being started and ridden.

Included is the Harley Davidison WLA techenial book!

The following is what will need to be done before use (Note: We are trying to arrange to get this ALL this done ourselves before delivery!):

Battery to be installed 6 volt-red goes to positive when you attach wires

Fuel lines tightened

Fuel filter checked for condensation

Oil lines checked-make sure they are tight

Add oil in oil tank until it reads full 3 qt. Dip stick is in oil tank

Add oil to gearbox-hold until upright and fill slightly before the top 1/2 inch

Grease everything

Use in gearbox 60 wt non detergent oil only!!!!! Very important to use this in the engine also!

Not multi-grade or detergent oil as you will ruin it if you use this!!!!!
Some machines use a key in the ignition (nncluded)

All use a key for the tool box(kidney shaped with ribs on the right side)

This GREAT bike is located in Palms Springs, California and available for immediate pick-up or we can ship it anywhere in the world.

Very rare 1941 World War Two Harley-Davidson WLA

Very rare 1941 Harley Davidson WLA for sale

Only 2,000 built of these experimental models! (regular WLA's 88,000 built)

It is very rare and complete and it belongs in a museum.

Very rare 1941 Harley Davidson WLA for sale

Very rare 1941 Harley Davidson WLA for sale

Very rare 1941 Harley Davidson WLA for sale

Full details here very soon.  Located in Florida!

7/28/2015

1942 World War Two Harley-Davidson WLA

Sold this one to Brian 5/28, 2015.

We will have another ready right now and located in California.

1942 Harley Davidson WLA for sale

        1942 Harley Davidson WLA for sale

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1942 Harley Davidson WLA for sale     

      Details on this bike!

Original speedometer (rebuilt).
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, windshield,
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!  

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

Available for immediate delivery!

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 service-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
 
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.

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  The bike has been tuned by Steve White the curator of The Northwest Vintage motorcycle museum. 

1942 Harley Davidson WW2 WLA with side car for sale

 This bike has won awards in local motorcycle shows as well as drawling a crowd every time someone rides it. 

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

Numerous additional photos available at the link below:

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                    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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