Lot 172: Son of Harley-Davidson Motor Company founder Walter Davidson, joining the company in 1930 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. He became H-D director in 1937 and in 1942 became president of manufacturing. TLS, one page, 8.25 x 11, Harley-Davidson Motor Co. letterhead, February 21, 1936. Letter to a dealer in Orlando, in part: "We do not manufacture a motorcycle with an express body such as shown on the Air Express folder. We only manufacture two types of Package Truck bodies, namely the M and MO models and if a dealer wants any other type, it is necessary for him to have it made up locally…about five years ago, we built and sold a large number of Package truck bodies of various types and sizes, but as time went on, we found that many dealers had bodies made up locally to suit their needs and then mounted them on our chassis…Therefore, if you want to sell Pete, The Tailor, a motorcycle and Package Truck with a special body, it will first be necessary for you to get estimates on having this special body made up locally." In fine condition, with light soiling to the right of the signature, trivial chipping to bottom edge, light scattered foxing along edges, and slight show-through from a label affixed to reverse.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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