Tuesday, February 15, 2011

1929 factory race Harley. Not found in a barn, it was found in a mine in Australia

This original and intact, rare Harley-Davidson, was found in the bathroom of an Australian gold mine in the late 1940's. It's a no transmission, 21cu in, 350cc, and had no brakes

A. L. Bicker had heard stories of this machine still in a wooden crate and traced the Harley-Davidson to a mining operation in Western Australia.

It was indeed in the men's room of the mine. Best of all, the machine was a factory racer with overhead valves. Essentially a twenty year old motorcycle at the time, it was not coveted as a rare antique but still a desirable machine to own and use.

Sold for 125,000 in Jan 2011 at the Bonhams auction in Las Vegas

Info and photo from http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/WService=wslive_pub/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=USA&screen=lotdetailsNoFlash&iSaleItemNo=4828410&iSaleNo=18553&iSaleSectionNo=2
I came across this on http://voodootimm.tumblr.com

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