The Harley-Davidson Model 42WLA, engine number 55630 Type V, was built in the beginning of 1944. According to records, 42WLA production ranged from roughly 42WLA 50829 to 42WLA 59999, built between September 1943 and May 1944. While this WLA was an older restoration, it has since been fully overhauled by us in our workshop with almost completely original parts down to the smallest detail, including nice Dulop tires with the correct profile.
The WLA is 100% complete and built for more than 90% with original OEM parts. It comes with a Dutch registration and will be equipped with a tool set, tire pump, various manuals, and leg shields. The saddle, Thompson submachine gun scabbard, and saddlebags are made with the highest quality materials, faithful to the original design.
For more information please contact Clements Militaria who can also assist with shipping arrangements if needed.
This cracking bike is listed at €28,000.
A brief history of the Harley Davidson WLA
The Harley Davidson WLA was the primary motorcycle used by the United States military during World War II. The company had previously supplied motorcycles for the military during World War I and had continued to refine their designs. The WLA was based on the civilian Harley Davidson WL model and was specially modified to meet the military’s requirements.
The WLA was first introduced in 1940 and continued to be produced throughout the war, with over 90,000 units built. It was used extensively by the US Army and other Allied forces in a variety of roles, including as a messenger vehicle, reconnaissance vehicle, and escort vehicle for convoys. The WLA was also used by US paratroopers, who would jump out of airplanes with the motorcycles strapped to their bodies.
One of the key features of the WLA was its ability to handle rough terrain and navigate through difficult conditions. It was equipped with a strong suspension system, a low center of gravity, and large, off-road tires. The motorcycle was powered by a 45 cubic inch V-twin engine, which produced 23 horsepower and had a top speed of around 65 mph.
During the war, the WLA was praised for its reliability and durability. Many soldiers grew attached to their motorcycles, and some even decorated them with personal touches, such as unit insignia and names.
- Type: Air-cooled, side-valve V-twin
- Displacement: 45 cubic inches (738cc)
- Horsepower: 23 hp at 4,600 rpm
- Fuel system: Single Linkert carburetor
- Ignition: Battery-powered coil ignition
- Type: Constant mesh, three-speed, sliding gear
- Gear ratios: 2.66:1 (1st gear), 1.75:1 (2nd gear), 1.26:1 (3rd gear)
- Final drive: Chain drive
- Suspension: Telescopic fork (front), Rigid (rear)
- Brakes: Drum brakes (front and rear)
- Tires: 5.00 x 16 (front and rear)
- Fuel capacity: 3.7 US gallons (14 liters)
- Length: 86 inches (218 cm)
- Width: 37 inches (94 cm)
- Height: 42 inches (107 cm)
- Wheelbase: 59 inches (150 cm)
- Ground clearance: 5.5 inches (14 cm)
- Dry weight: 550 lbs (250 kg)
- Top speed: 65 mph (105 km/h)
- Range: 200 miles (320 km) on a full tank of gas
Note: These specifications can vary slightly depending on the model year and modifications made to individual bikes over time.