1942 Harley Davidson WL Type-1


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Of all the motorcycles Harley produced for the military, the Harley-Davidson WLA was by far the most common – though that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find nowadays. Based on the WL (W – a model line of bikes, L – high compression, A – Army), this bike helped create a dramatic rise in Harley’s popularity as surplus bikes were sold to civilians, many of whom were servicemen that had come back from the war and wanted a bike like the ones he rode or saw during wartime. This specific model is a 1-C and it was only produced for 3 weeks total this one was one week prior to Pearl Harbor. Total of 404 units produced between Nov 21st -December 10th 1941 under Contract W-398-QM-10530. I will give production numbers on the bottom.

This WLA’s overall condition is fantastic / museum quality. It runs and drives as it did in the 40s! It is 90% original but shows extremely well. This bike still retains the factory 6-volt system, and it fires up easily. The leather saddlebags are custom made in Europe with a correct soft grain texture (not pebble grain). There is a Thompson Machine gun mount up front, along with a surplus shovel mount and shovel accessory.  The electrical wiring for the bike is brand new OE spec styled and shows excellent. The High headlight, long seat 7 bracket, with the special front brake handle, horn with hinged face are only standard for the 1-c Model and not used in the later WLA production line up. Paint is a 1st use flat OD green and changed later in the war (very rare)

This is a museum quality WLA that you can drive to events with ease. It does not need anything to enjoy. It runs excellent!

Key Facts:

  • 5 Miles on Rebuilt Engine and Gearbox
  • M88 Linkart Carb
  • 32E Generator with adjustable 3rd brush
  • New battery and Box ( USA MADE)
  • Rebuilt wheels with New spokes
  • Speedster Handlebars with Internal controls (the braised type)
  • Short round Aircleaner ( Replica and used on models from several months later )
  • Delco marked Horn with early mounting brackets
  • Oil Bath air cleaner
  • Skid plate
  • Ammo box
  • Tire Pump mounted on left side
  • It retains the original frame and fork
  • Includes Wool lined sleeping bag with tented cover
  • Every Nut and Bolt addressed during the comprehensive restoration


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Additional Fees:

There is a $250.00 dealer fee that is not included in the original price.

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Due to our inventory size, we are unable to drive every vehicle for long distances. We also cannot guarantee that every gauge, light, window, horn, option, function, etc., will work as it should. Please check your local state inspection requirements. We do our best to inspect these vehicles in every detail and note any imperfections in the advertisement. Please note that we do not guarantee any air conditioning systems, gauges, or electrical systems. Given the nature of the vintage vehicles we sell, these components will need upkeep or attention. In addition, many times these vehicles sit for long periods of time and once you begin to drive them seals harden and gaskets may begin to leak! Classic cars leak. Please make sure you are comfortable with this before buying a vintage automobile. The information contained in this ad is solely for convenience.  The description is an opinion only and should not be considered a complete description of any or all faults; it may not be relied upon nor taken as fact or otherwise a representation or warranty of any sort.  Please note, we did NOT build or restore the vehicle. Vehicles are sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS with all faults known/unknown and with no implied warranty. Pre-Purchase inspections welcome, we describe these vehicles to the best of our ability.

The Details

Year 1942
Mileage 5
Exterior Military Green
Interior Tan
Engine 750cc
Transmission Manual
Price $0