1942 Harley-Davidson WLA barn find


1942 Harley-Davidson WLA barn find

The Harley-Davidson WLA is a motorcycle produced to US Army specifications in the years during and around World War II and became known as “The bike that won the war”. Production was over 90,000 being made during the war (along with spare parts the equivalent of many more). Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, all WLA’s regardless of the actual year, would be given serial numbers indicating 1942 production. Thus, war-time machines would come to be known as 42WLAs.

Popular with Harley-Davidson collectors, the WLA was the workhorse of its day and is now an ideal choice for weekend runs and club events.

This barn find example was recently located in a Melbourne suburb after sitting for many years and in need for a quick tidy up to enjoy “as is” or a great basis for a full restoration.


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Year: 1942

Capacity: 750 cc

Colour: Green

Mileage: 13,577 mph

ENG#: 42WLA36216



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