1943 Harley-Davidson 42WLA .45 Solo WWII Military Motorcycle Vehicle for sale
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Original Restored Documented Matching Numbers WWII U.S. ARMY 1943 Military 42WLA Harley Davidson Motorcycle Auction may end at any time, unannounced, without prior notice. Contact me with any questions. Most photos taken August 26, 2007, in both the sunshine, and in the shade. Motorcycle is original, no repro patrs and underwent complete frame off, ground up restoration about 5-6 years ago and won Gold at the National Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) Convention in 2012 with judging score of 95.76% (received three point deduction for round hole in front fender that was correct!). Judging papers and photos of restoration come with the bike. Obtaining MVPA Gold (the military vehicle standard), is quite an accomplishment – enough said, bike is authentic! Always garaged, professionally maintained by certified mechanic since rebuild. Bike just received oil change and was completely professionally serviced. The bike is tight! Bike starts easy, runs great, drives great and sounds as it should. Bike has been driven about 560 miles since full frame off restoration. No known issues. Clear proper Arizona title. All WLA's produced after 1942 including 1943, 1944, 1945 were give the 42WLA designation. Motorcycle Details:Serial Number: 42WLA481xxCrankcase Number: 43-341xxData Plates & Numbers: OriginalManufacture Date: July, 1943 (.est)Series: WLA.45 Solo, Series IVGun Scabbard: OriginalSaddle Bags: Original (all straps and buckles in tact)Seat: Pan Original, Seat ReupholsteredMarkings: U.S. Army, WWII Questions, call 602*312*1332 When considering this award-winning bike, consider that the bike also includes lot of accessories including MVPA Judging Papers, Restoration Photos (full ground up), Full Windshield, Leg Guards (rare), all Posters, ORIGINAL Manuals, WWII Goggles in original box, Books, Original Bedroll, Shovel, Saddle Bags, extra parts and ORIGINAL Tools! A true 42WLA Harley Davidson that is National Show Winner, judged by national experts, very rarely come up for sale – don’t miss this opportunity. This bike should be at shows taking home first place trophies, not sitting in my garage. God only created me to be smart enough to drive one vehicle at time. can’t give this bike the time it deserves. My 2008 MVPA winner, 1941 Willys Slat Grill, in one of the pictures, but not included in this auction and is NOT FOR SALE, is where my heart lies – if you are car guy then you understand. Serious inquires can message me with questions or your telephone number and will answer any questions about the bike. Truly one-of-a-kind motorcycle that is solid and should be respected. recommend and welcome full in person inspection, prior to purchase, which can be arranged. Shipping is buyer’s responsibility but will assist with loading. Everything posted is true to the very best of my knowledge. Motorcycle is sold as is, where is, with no written or implied warranty whatsoever. Appointment to see bike can be made with prior arrangements. Sold from private collection.
-------------------------------------- History of the HD WLA:After Pearl Harbor's attack in December 1941, the U.S. Army asked Harley-Davidson to equip its liaison officers and its military police with HD WLA motorcycles, first called HD XE ("Experimental"). While at first the company did not produced motorcycles for the army, the demand went so strong in 1943 that Harley-Davidson produced almost all of its units for the allied military forces. The Americans, but also the British and the Soviets were equipped with HD WLA motorcycles. The Harley-Davidson WLA motorcycle was produced to US Army specifications in the years during and around World War II. It was based on an existing civilian model, the WL, and is of the 45 solo type, so called due to its 45-cubic-inch engine displacement and single-rider design.The WLA acquired the nickname "Liberator" since it was widely seen ridden by soldiers liberating occupied Europe in 1945. Over 90,000 WLA’s were built and exported for the war effort, most of which never made it home. Most were left with allied troops and were civilianized after the war leaving relatively few originals left in the United States. The Harley-Davidson WLA is Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was produced to US Army specifications in the years during and around World War II. It was based on an existing civilian model, the WL, and is of the 45 solo type, so called due to its 45-cubic-inch (740 cm3) engine displacement and single-rider design. The same engine, in slightly lower state of tune, also powered the three-wheeled Servi-Car (the "G" family), leading to the "solo" distinction. Model designation The model number breaks down as follows:•W the family of motorcycles. Harley-Davidson (except in very early models) gives letter designation for each model family. The series at the time was the newest incarnation of the 45-cubic-inch (740 cm3) flathead motor, and was developed from the earlier family 1932–1936.•L "high compression", in the usual HD scheme. The "low compression" model was only briefly available.•A Army. The company would also produce model to the slightly different specifications of the Canadian Army, which would be named the WLC. The WLCs differed from WLAs chiefly in the use of some heavier components, usually Big Twin parts, as well as Canadian blackout lighting.Harley-Davidson began producing the WLA in small numbers in 1940, as part of general military expansion. The later entry of the United States into World War II saw significantly increased production, with over 90,000 being produced during the war. Harley-Davidson would also produce close WLA variant for the Canadian Army called the WLC and would also supply smaller numbers to the UK, South Africa, and other allies, as well as filling orders for different models from the Navy and Marine Corps.Unusually, all the WLAs produced after Pearl Harbor, regardless of the actual year, would be given serial numbers indicating 1942 production. Thus, war-time machines would come to be known as 42WLAs. This may have been in recognition of the use of the continued use of the same specification. The precise serial number, as well as casting marks, can be used to date specific motor accurately, and some other parts bear year and month stamps. Frames and many other parts were not tagged with the serial number, and cannot generally be dated. This is common prior to adoption of the vehicle identification number (VIN).Many WLAs would be shipped to allies under the Lend-Lease program. Production of the WLA would cease after the war, but would be revived for the Korean War during the years 1949–1952.Most WLAs in western hands after the war would be sold as surplus and "civilianized"; the many motorcycles available at very low cost would lead to the rise of the chopper and other modified motorcycle styles, as well as the surrounding biker culture. Many young soldier would come home hoping to get Harley-Davidson like he saw or rode in the service, leading to the post-war popularity of both the motorcycle and the company in general.However, this also ensured that few nearly-original WLAs would survive in the US or even Western Europe. significant number of WLAs were left in the Soviet Union, and either stored or put in private hands. With little access to parts and no chopper culture, and no export path to the West, many of those WLAs were preserved during the Cold War. Russia and other former Soviet countries are now major source of WLAs and parts.•paint and other finishes: painted surfaces were generally painted olive drab or black and chrome- or nickel-plated parts were generally blued or parkerized or painted white. Some parts were left as unfinished aluminum. However, Harley-Davidson was apparently very practical in its use of existing parts and processes, and many finishes remained in their bright civilian versions for time, and, in some cases, for the whole production run.•blackout lights: in order to reduce nighttime visibility, WLAs were fitted with second set of blackout head and tail lights.•fenders: to reduce mud clogging, the sides of the standard fenders were removed. •accessories: heavy-duty luggage rack (for radios), ammo box, leather Thompson submachine gun scabbard, skid plate, leg protectors, and windshield could be fitted. Most came with at least these accessories less the windshield or leg protectors. •air cleaner: an oil bath air cleaner, originally used for tractors and other vehicles in dusty environments, was fitted to handle the dust of off-road use and to allow easier field maintenance. Oil bath cleaners require only the addition of standard motor oil rather than replaceable filters. •fording: changes to the crankcase breather reduced the possibility of water intake into the crankcase.The US Army would use motorcycles for police and escort work, courier duties, and some scouting, as well as limited use to transport radio and radio suppression equipment. Allied motorcycles were almost never used as combat vehicles or for troop mobility, and so were rarely equipped with sidecars as was common on the German side. Nevertheless, the WLA acquired the nickname "Liberator", since it was seen ridden by soldiers liberating occupied Europe. TechnologyThe engine of the WLA is side-valve design, which is reliable though not particularly efficient in comparison to overhead-valve designs. Harley-Davidson already had overhead valve engines in production for its Big Twin lines, but the "small twin" flathead design was popular in applications needing reliability more than power. This engine remained in production from 1937 to 1973 in the Servi-Car, although it was superseded in two-wheeled motorcycles by the more advanced flathead engine used in the Model (the ancestor of the OHV Sportster) in 1952. Though the model designation suggested high compression, for reliability, the Army version actually used medium-compression version. In modern terms, the WLA's compression ratio of 5:1 is very low. Due to this low compression, WLA will run on 74 octane gasoline, necessary due to the poor quality of refining at the time, although fuel technology would improve rapidly during the war.The WLA also features springer front suspension. Harley-Davidson would not adopt telescopic front forks until after the war. The rear wheel had no suspension, giving this type of motorcycle the nickname "hard tail".Other motorcycles produced by HD for World War II included US Army and Canadian versions of the Big Twin EL family, the ELA and ELC, as well as an Army version of the UL, the ULA. These were produced mainly for "home front" use, and not in very large numbers. Consequently, they are very rare today.Indian, Harley-Davidson's major competitor at the time, also produced war-time model, the Indian 741, and longitudinal V-twin shaft-drive model, the Indian 841. Everything posted is to the best of my knowledge. Motorcycle sold as is, where is, with no written or implied warranty whatsoever. Serious inquires can see bike with prior arrangements. Private collection.