His­toric Har­leys at Moss­green

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A pair of Har­ley-David­son out­fits, both 1939 U mod­els with side­cars, will go un­der the ham­mer at Moss­green’s auc­tion at Mo­tor­clas­sica in Melbourne. The bikes have an amaz­ing his­tory, a tale of true fam­ily de­vo­tion. One of the pair, with a black sad­dle, was bought new in 1939 by Great Un­cle Jim. His nephew Bill bought a brown sad­dle model in 1949 from a po­lice­man in Bankstown who had also bought that bike new. Jim even­tu­ally left “Black Sad­dle” to Bill who main­tained both bikes lov­ingly. Bill in turn gave his two bikes to his two neph­ews around 1995 when he de­cided to hang up his leathers. Over the re­cent 22 years the two neph­ews have cared for the bikes start­ing them reg­u­larly but rid­ing them only oc­ca­sion­ally. As they are not sea­soned rid­ers they are very keen to see their bikes sold into suit­able hands who will see to their fu­ture main­te­nance. Th­ese two sis­ter bikes hav­ing been to­gether since 1949 and with their en­dear­ing prove­nance will be sold at the Mo­tor­clas­sica auc­tion on 14 Oc­to­ber at the Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing.

‘Un­cle Bill’ with the Har­ley he looked af­ter for decades.

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