Harley-Davidson Model 42 WLA Type VI – June 1944 Engine number 42WLA 60126
The Harley-Davidson Model 42WLA with engine number 60126 is a Type VI variant. According to records, the 42WLA models were produced from approximately 42WLA 60000 to 42WLA 62479 between June 1944 and August 1944, with this specific engine number being manufactured in June 1944.
Our workshop has fully restored this Harley-Davidson WLA, using almost entirely original parts, including the Firestone tires. The restoration process paid attention to the smallest details to ensure authenticity.
The WLA is 100% complete and built with over 90% of original OEM parts. The Harley-Davidson WLA comes with a Dutch registration and has been driven for 500 miles on the road. It comes equipped with a tool set, tire pump, various manuals, and canvas leg shields. The saddle, Thompson submachine gun scabbard, and saddlebags have been crafted using high-quality materials to replicate the original specifications.
This particular Harley-Davidson 42WLA has an interesting history. It was previously used by the Greek army and was later imported to the Netherlands in 1978 along with the first batch of Harley-Davidson WLAs from Greece. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We also offer worldwide shipping and are happy to assist you.
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A brief WW2 history of the Harley Davidson WLA
During World War II, Harley-Davidson was one of two American motorcycle manufacturers to produce motorcycles for the US military, alongside Indian Motorcycle Company. The Harley-Davidson WLA, also known as the “Liberator,” was produced from 1940 to 1945 and was based on the civilian WL model.
The WLA was specifically designed for military use and was used by the US Army, US Marine Corps, and other allied forces. It was a rugged and reliable machine that could withstand the harsh conditions of the battlefield. The WLA was used for a variety of tasks, including reconnaissance, messenger duty, and convoy escort.
In total, Harley-Davidson produced approximately 90,000 WLA motorcycles for the military during the war. The motorcycles were equipped with a 45 cubic inch (740 cc) side-valve V-twin engine that produced 23 horsepower and had a top speed of 65 mph (105 km/h). They were also equipped with a heavy-duty clutch and a 3-speed transmission.
The WLA was painted olive drab and featured blackout lights, skid plate, and a luggage rack. They could also be fitted with a variety of accessories, including a windshield, saddlebags, and a rear seat for a passenger.
- Engine: 45-degree V-twin OHV, air-cooled
- Displacement: 45 cubic inches (739 cc)
- Bore x Stroke: 2.75 in. x 3.81 in. (69.9 mm x 96.8 mm)
- Compression Ratio: 6.5:1
- Fuel System: Single Linkert Carburetor
- Ignition: Battery, coil, and breaker points
- Transmission: 4-speed constant mesh
- Primary Drive: Chain-driven, wet clutch
- Final Drive: Chain-driven
- Suspension: Telescopic fork front suspension, swingarm rear suspension
- Brakes: Drum brakes on both wheels
- Wheels/Tires: 16-inch steel rims, 5.00×16 tires
- Length: 90 inches (2.29 m)
- Width: 35 inches (0.89 m)
- Height: 42 inches (1.07 m)
- Seat Height: 27 inches (0.69 m)
- Ground Clearance: 6.5 inches (0.17 m)
- Weight: 560 lbs (254 kg)
- Top Speed: Approximately 65 mph (105 km/h)
Note that these specifications may vary slightly depending on the specific model and year of the WLA.
Post WW2 History
The Harley Davidson WLA motorcycle continued to be produced after World War II, and some were even sold to civilians. The bike was also used by military forces in various conflicts, including the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In the civilian market, the WLA was popular with police departments and became known as the “Liberator” due to its association with the military. The WLA was eventually replaced by the Harley Davidson Servi-Car in the 1960s, which was designed specifically for civilian use. Today, the WLA is a popular collector’s item and is highly sought after by vintage motorcycle enthusiasts.