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Lot 211 - 1923 Harley-Davidson WF 650 Boxer

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ESTIMATE £15,000 - £20,000-

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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Lot Number 211
Reg. Number EU Taxes Paid
Chassis Number 21WF*2311
Year 1923
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Description

In the early 1920s, Harley-Davidson experimented with a fore-and-aft twin, similar to the contemporary Douglas in the UK. The Flat Twin Sport Model was built between 1919 and 1923; it was developed during WWI and introduced in November 1918.

The horizontal twin displaced 584cc and carried the engine and three-speed transmission low in the chassis. In addition to the fully enclosed chain guard, which saw the chain lubricated by a spray of oil from a breather pipe, the Sport model with full electric lights could also be purchased. Coil ignition was reserved for the WJ model, while magneto ignition and accessory gaslights were used on the WF model.

Smooth and economical, it proved to be quite popular in Europe as well.

This WF Boxer is certainly a rare and unusual motorcycle, finished in the traditional shade of olive green with black. An older restoration that has aged well, the wheels are period-correct beaded-edge units, and an early headlamp is fitted along with a Bosch ZAV magneto.

The brown leather sprung saddle is an original Mesinger item and is in lovely condition. Additional features include a rear carrier; Italian registration (with old registration plates mounted to the front and rear); the paintwork is generally very presentable.

An excellent example of early American motorcycling, this machine would make a welcome addition to any important Harley-Davidson collection.

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