1917 Harley-Davidson motorcycle - one-of-a-kind - sells at Auctions America


2015-06-26 12:40:14


1917 Harley-Davidson motorcycle - one-of-a-kind - sells at Auctions America

This 'Model T Magneto' Harley-Davidson motorcycle is going up for sale in Las Vegas, next month

More ClassicCars and Motorcyclesnews | View our stock for sale | Learn aboutour 120% Guarantee | Download our iPhone app | Sign-up for your Free Newsletter

Collectors with a passion for motorcycles have been repeatedly spoilt with opportunitiesto buyexceptionally rare classic bikes, in recent times.

Especially noteworthy examples include Bonhams' sale of a c.1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmller - the first-ever production motorcycle - for 86,200. (Ben Walker, Bonhams' Head of Motorcycles, told us about his auctioning of the bikeas you can read here.)

Elsewhere, who can forget the old 1929 Harley-Davidson 21ci Peashooter motorcycle found in an Australian mine...

Now here is another exceptional motorcycle for sale. It also has some Aussie provenance, having originally been sold to a motorcycle dealer in Sydney.

1917 Harley-Davidson motorcycleThisoriginal 1917 Harley-Davidson motorcycle is auctioning in Las Vegas

And it is truly one of a kind, according to Auctions America (a subsidiary of RM). Auctions America will sell this bike in Las Vegas on January 12-14: an original 1917 Harley-Davidson.

Wartime factory bikes - otherwise known as "specials" - were produced in very limited quantities. And this 1917 Harley-Davidson was among them.

Official documents say that it was listed as a "17 T Twin Track Racer (Magneto)" or a "Stripped Stock Racer."

What's more, factory records say this was the only 'Model T Magneto' model of its kind produced that year - that's out of a total of 18,522 Harley-Davidson motorcycles built in 1917.

Features on the vintage and very special bike include original factory paint and tank decals, and a patent decal on the steering neck.

Other notable aspects are the motorcycle's Troxel seat, pin-striping on its forks and rims, leather wrapped cables and a rear brake hand-lever option.

1917 Harley-Davidson motorcycleA closer look at the 1917 Harley-Davidson motorcycle's vintage hardware

As you can see from the photographs, this 1917 Harley-Davidson has withstood the test of time.

Auctions America describes the bike as "untouched and complete ... among the best examples of an original pre-1920 Harley Davidson in the world, this "time machine" remains effortless to start and ride after 95 years!"

This could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase this "one off" Harley-Davidson. You can bet that it will cause much excitement when it appears for sale in Las Vegas, next year.

Watch this space for more news from the collectible motorcycle markets.

Share on social media
Write a response...

The bookmarklet lets you save things you find to your collections.

Note: Make sure your bookmarks are visible.


Click and drag the Collect It button to your browser's Bookmark Bar.