Featuring a steel frame painted green, this 1942 WLC is in good overall condition with a black leather seat and 18” yellow-painted wire wheels wearing Avon Roadrunner tires sized 120/90. Chrome trim and lighting surrounds looks to be in clean condition.
Highlights include the front and rear fender leading edge pieces emblazoned with an eagle. Harley-Davidson’s iconic centrally-mounted 120 mph speedometer shows some corrosion and is flanked by indicator lights for low oil pressure and a non-charging generator. Minor paint chipping is documented in the gallery as is a tear in the seat, while additional detail can be seen in the walk-around video.
Reliably Built and Expertly Maintained
Fitted with its original 739 cc, v-twin flathead engine, this 1942 starts up and runs with no issues per the seller. The motor was built with four gear-driven camshafts actuating the valves with adjustable tappets. It is mated to a hand-shifted, 3-speed transmission that spins the rear wheel.
The transmission lever mounted on the fuel tank works in concert with the foot-operated rocker-style clutch pedal to engage/disengage the clutch. Developed in various forms over the years, this v-twin flathead was in use until 1973, making it the longest running production engine in Harley-Davidson history.
Up front is a leading link “springer” fork with the rigid rear setup known as a “hardtail”, while front brakes are actuated via the handlebar-mounted lever. An extensive gallery details the condition of this 1942 WLC that the owner estimates to be 80% original. The most recent service was an oil change completed last year.
History on Two Wheels
Located in Richmond, British Columbia, this 1942 Harley-Davidson WLC is as cool today as it was 80 years ago. The seller purchased the bike nine years ago and has since added just 224 of the 31,693 original miles. Displaying an obvious level of care and upkeep, this WLC is an incredible opportunity to own a piece of history and look good doing it.