Historic Harleys at Mossgreen
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.