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Lot 311: 1928 Harley-Davidson Model B

International Historic Motorsport Show, Bonhams (25 February 2006)

Indian’s launch of the single-cylinder 21cu in (350cc) Prince in 1925 prompted Harley-Davidson to return to the roadster singles market in ’26 with a brace of similar-sized machines: one sidevalve, the other with overhead-valve engine. Model designations were ‘A’ (magneto-equipped) and ‘B’ (battery/coil) for the ‘flat-heads’ and ‘AA’ and ‘BA’ for the overhead-valve equivalents respectively. Looking every inch a scaled-down v-twin, the single featured a similar frame, controls and ‘floating’ saddle, but its engine adopted a detachable cylinder head, an advance not yet seen on the bigger Harley. A 30.5cu in (500cc) flat-head - the Model C - joined the range for 1930, by which time a braked front wheel had become a welcome addition to the Harley single’s specification. This vintage Harley-Davidson Model B was restored in Serbia in 2004. Subsequently imported into the UK by the vendor and first registered here in 2005, it has not been ridden since the restoration’s completion and appears in good condition, though the rear mudguard and battery box are non-original and there is no headlight fitted. The machine is offered with Swansea V5, current MoT/road fund licence and H-D Riders Club GB dating certificate.

Lot Details
Auction International Historic Motorsport Show
Bonhams, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number311
Estimate£4000-£5000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3600
Hammer Price (inc premium)£4140
Year1928
Condition rating0
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Engine number28B4120
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