$600,000 for H-D side­car

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A 1927 FHA 8-valve Har­ley-David­son rac­ing out­fit was sold by Shan­nons Auc­tions in Mel­bourne on Septem­ber 25 for A$600,000. It was sold in ‘as raced” con­di­tion and had been in stor­age for more than 50 years, still re­tained by the fam­ily of the orig­i­nal owner. It is be­lieved to be among the last of around 50 fac­tory 8-valves built, at a time when the Amer­i­can Class A race se­ries was about to fin­ish in fa­vor of Class C, which was pro­duc­tion­based and there­fore much cheaper, fa­vor­ing the ba­sic side-valve en­gines in­stead of com­plex OHVs. The FHA used a twin-camshaft tim­ing chest, ex­ter­nally dis­tin­guished by the raised ring on the tim­ing cover, and a rac­ing Schebler car­bu­re­tor was fit­ted. Re­ports say there was some con­fu­sion at the auc­tion due to a mal­func­tion with in­ter­net bids, mainly from over­seas, but when the ham­mer dropped, the new owner was a con­sor­tium headed by lead­ing Mel­bourne Har­ley dealer Dave Reedy, who was in Europe at the time of the auc­tion. Ac­cord­ing to noted US-based his­to­rian Paul d’Or­léans, the A$600,000 (US$423,700 on the day) makes it the tenth most ex­pen­sive mo­tor­cy­cle ever sold at auc­tion.

This is Paul d’Or­léan’s list as pub­lished on his pop­u­lar web­site The Vin­ta­gent:

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