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Another amazingly historic Harley motorcycle has appeared for sale on ChopperExchange. Just added was a vintage 1931 Harley-Davidson® V flathead V-twin that appears to have gone unused since 1949. This motorcycle surely has a rich history.
This bike was produced relatively early in the history of Harley-Davidson during the most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the wake of the Great Depression, Harley-Davidson’s factory was operating at a mere 10% of its capacity in 1931. Harley-Davidson was operating at a loss and on the brink of closing.
But the founders refused to give up. They, along with Indian Motorcycles, were the only major motorcycle manufacturers to survive the harsh economic climate of the Great Depression. Harley-Davidson, as all bikers know, continues to produce motorcycle to this day. This vintage motorcycle is great reminder of how long the company has endured in an industry that has experienced tough times through the years.
This motorcycle would have sold for $340 (or $5,600 in 2018 dollars) in 1931. Few people would have been able to afford that at the time given the deteriorating economy and scarcity of money. This vintage Harley-Davidson flathead is now listed for sale at $8,000 on ChopperExchange.
The engine no longer turns over and the primary chain is rusted solid. So it looks like this bike could use a new owner looking for a big restoration project. The motorcycle is located in Michigan, is brown in color, and has an unknown number of miles on it.
A similar motorcycle in working condition sold at a Bonhams auction for just over $20,000 in December of 2016. If you’re in the market for a vintage project motorcycle, give this motorcycle a look.
Image courtesy of ChopperExchange
If you’ve got a vintage motorcycle of your own that you’re looking to sell, check out our article on how to sell a vintage motorcycle.
Bill Reeves says
Is this bike still for sale? If so, Where is it located?
Alen Schnell says
Unfortunately, it looks like it did sell recently. We’ll update the post to reflect that. ChopperExchange does have a few other vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycles from the 20s and 30s for sale.