1942 Harley Davidson WLA Type III


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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 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. All of the lights/blackout lights work excellent. The military paint has no blemishes to be found.  The 750cc / 45ci V-Twin “Liberator” flathead has been professionally rebuilt and runs excellent.

The leather saddlebags are custom made in Europe with a correct pebble grain texture. They are new. There is a Thompson Machine gun mount up front. The electrical wiring for the bike is brand new OE spec styled and shows excellent.

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

Key Facts:

  • 90% original
  • M88 Carb
  • 32E Generator
  • 18” Wheels with New Coker tires
  • Skid Plate
  • Oil Bath Air Cleaner
  • New Saddlebags
  • New Wiring
  • Every Nut and Bolt addressed during the comprehensive restoration

All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, and any emission testing charges. The price for listed vehicles as equipped does not include charges such as: License, Title, Registration Fees, State and Local Taxes, Smog Fees, and Physical Damage of Liability Insurance. Dealer makes no representations, expressed or implied, to any actual or prospective purchaser or owner of this vehicle to the existence, ownership, accuracy, description or condition of the listed vehicles equipment, accessories, price, specials or any warranties. Any and all differences must be addressed prior to the sale of this vehicle. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

There is a $250 dealer fee that is not included in the original price.