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World War II Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Available Now!

We now have one (1) original and completely restored Harley Davidson WLA (located in Florida) motorcycle and will have a second completed by the first week of Auguest!

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 7/26/2014 showing the completed bike.

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

This one has New Hampshire registration!

   Get a deposit in now to hold it!

Price: $29,950 FOB Flordia!

1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale

        1942 Harley Davidson WLA restored to NEW for sale

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It has original fenders!

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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!

Harley Davidson 1942 WLA for Sale!

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"!

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!

Extremely Rare 1942 Harley Davidson XA

Sorry sold immediately!

Less then 300 of these are still in existence in the world and possibly only 60 in operating condition!

1942 Harley Davidson XA for sale - Fully Restored!

This extremely rare and original motorcycle has been the subject of a full ground up professional restoration. The engine (which rebuild includes the correct caged roller-bearings) bears the number 42XA1020 meaning this was the 20th off the production line. Harley Davidson only ever manufactured about 1000 XA's and as a result they rarely come up for sale, especially one in such mint condition.

Rare 1942 Harley Davidson XA "Like New" for sale

1942 Harley Davidson XA

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 Rare 1942 Harley Davidson XA "Like New" for sale
Year: 1942
Make Harley Davidson
Model 42XA
Engine 750cc
Transmission 4-speed foot change, shaft drive

Rare 1942 Harley Davidson XA "Like New" for sale
Mileage: 11,615

Rare 1942 Harley Davidson XA "Like New" for sale   Rare 1942 Harley Davidson XA "Like New" for sale   Rare 1942 Harley Davidson XA "Like New" for sale
Size: Length 90 inches x Width 36 inches x Height 40 inches

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Weight: 525  lbs.
Color Olive green
Accessories Thomson scabbard, ammo box & saddlebags
Price $44,950. US$ + shipping

Located in the UK

Rare 1942 Harley Davidson XA "Like New" for sale

Details on the Harley Davidson XA

Development and Production:

During WWII, the U.S. Army asked Harley-Davidson to design a specification of a motorcycle much like the BMWs used by German forces, with shaft drive, a boxer engine, and several other features that made the BMWs exceptionally reliable and low-maintenance machines. Harley was already producing the WLA, based on its traditional 45-degree V-twin but the army specifically wanted the one feature that the WLA didn’t have: shaft drive. So the company produced the XA, whose engine and drivetrain were based on the flathead BMW R71 (1938-1941) versus the overhead valve (OHV) BMW R75 (1941-1946). 1000 XAs were produced for evaluation. By the time production had begun, it was clear that the Jeep was the Army's general purpose vehicle of choice. The less advanced but cheaper WLA was considered sufficient for its limited roles.

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In 1943, the XA's leading link fork was replaced with Harley-Davidson's first telescopic fork.

According to the American Motorcyclist Association's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, regarding the World-War-II-vintage Harley-Davidson XA, which has an opposed twin engine — "Mechanically, the large cooling fins stuck straight out in the breeze, reportedly keeping the XA’s oil temperature 100 °F (56 °C) cooler than a standard Harley 45. The latter was a transversely mounted V-twin, in which the air stream cannot reach the cylinders, especially the rear cylinder, as efficiently as on longitudinally mounted flat twin.

Harley-Davidson XA
Manufacturer Harley-Davidson
Production 1942
Assembly Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Class Military motorcycle
Engine 45 cu in (740 cc) SV flat-twin
Bore / stroke 3.063 × 3.063 in (77.80 × 77.80 mm)
Compression ratio 5.7:1
Top speed 65 mph (105 km/h)
Power 23 HP (17 KW) @ 4,600 rpm
Ignition type 6 V battery and coil,[1] no distributor
Transmission 4-speed foot shift
Frame type tubular steel double cradle
Suspension Front: leading link fork
Rear: plunger
Brakes Drums front and rear
Tires 4.00 x 18
Wheelbase 57.5 in (1,460 mm)
Fuel capacity 4.1 US gal (15.5 liter; 3.4 imperal galllon)
Oil capacity 2 US quart (1.9 Liter)

Rare 1942 Harley Davidson XA "Like New" for sale

Background History of Harley Davidson Motorcycles in World War Two


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 Just in case you don't know, here is a very brief history of the Motor Company up to World War II.

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In 1903 William Harley and three brothers Arthur, William and Walter Davidson, built the first "Harley-Davidson" motorcycle in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Basically, it was just a bicycle with a motor and riders had to help by pedaling up hills. The bike became a big hit. By 1909 the company had upgraded its design to feature a new engine, with two cylinders arranged in a "V" angle. The new "V-twin" engine produced a deep, rumbling sound that became the trademark of the Harley. With this more powerful engine the bike could exceed 60 mph, and the hills were no longer a problem. The success of the new model encouraged other manufacturers to enter the market, and by 1913 Harley and the Davidson brothers had over 150 competitors. These included Thor, Flying Merkel, Henderson, Excelsior and of course, Indian. (Indian was founded in 1901).

Rare 1942 Harley Davidson XA "Like New" for sale

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

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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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World War Two Harley Davidson WLA Motorcycles for sale

 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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