Rare 1942 WL Readers Ride

Posted on 8th April 2010 by Electra Glide In Blue in Harley-Davidson, Readers Ride - Tags: , , ,

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Harley Davidson was gearing up for the war effort in 1942. There were few 42 models manufactured for civilian use before a total freeze was put on non-essential war production.

Out of this production year only 142 WL’s were manufactured. The WL, a 45 twin with high compression had a retail price of $350.00.

This rare 1942 WL reader’s ride comes from Jay, out of western NY. Jay tells me this bike came out of Texas and he bought it in Ohio. Jay’s an old school 50’s kind of guy and loves motorcycles and cars that are bobbed or rodded from the 40’s and 50’s.

Be sure to check out the last photo, a reader’s ride bonus.

The 42 WL Engine.

And the bonus, Jays 1928 Ford Roadster.

A big thanks to Jay for sharing his 42 WL and the 28 roadster. Stay tuned for Jay’s Panhead and Sporty pic’s.
As always, thanks for stopping by and ride safe,

Electra Glide In Blue

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  1. I just stopped by your blog and thought I would say hello. I like your site design. Looking forward to reading more down the road.

    Comment by Henery Schaffer automotiveinsiderblog.com — April 8, 2010 @ 10:02 am

  2. I glad he didn’t go crazy some I’ve seen and chrome it. Looks perfect the way it was made.

    Comment by WILLY D. docwrench.blogspot.com — April 8, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

  3. Dear EGIB (Jeff):

    I am continually amazed at the Spartan nature of pre-WWII motorcycles. But I am amazed at the block of rubber on the kick start pedal. I’d love to hear the sound of this machine running.

    I haven’t been writing much during the last month.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads

    Comment by Jack Riepe jackriepe.blogspot.com — April 9, 2010 @ 11:34 am

  4. My kind of bike. 50’s and 60’s are my time. Love the Rod too. As for that peddle you can still get them. They were cool then and still are.

    Comment by Webster World — April 10, 2010 @ 4:37 am

  5. Sweet! Where can I get one for $350.00! Glad to see it in it’s natural form. Love this thing, love this thing, love this thing. I don’t want a fancy house or car, but my dream bike is a WLA…this would do though.

    Comment by FLHX_Dave — April 10, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

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