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1939 Harley Davidson U Model 1200cc Police Special



This 1939 Harley Davidson U Model is a very unique piece of Harley history, having undergone a painstaking restoration. It is powered by a 1200cc V-Twin four-stroke engine complete with a four-speed kickstart gearbox with tank shift and foot clutch. The odometer shows 20,811 miles.



This pre-war motorcycle first began life as a highway patrol police special before undergoing restoration to become the fully period correct chopper it is today. For more than 110 years Harley Davidson has supplied law enforcement agencies around the world. This example has made its way Down Under, but still shows original ‘POLICE SPECIAL’ script on the speedo. Though its restoration was completed 30 years ago, it was finished to an extremely high standard using matching numbers engine parts and componentry.



The entire bike is finished in Glasurit Blue Pearl with a black leather single seat. It features an original double downtube frame, a fully polished mid 50s service cart adjustable rake front end and is described as operating mechanically sound.



The motor was rebuilt during the restoration with polished, matching-number engine case, cam cover and aluminium heads and Mikuni carburettor. The original drum brakes remain, though the original duck-tail rear end has been chopped down over 18-inch ape hangers and a 21-inch front wheel. The bike has a zoomie-style exhaust to accentuate the chopper look.



As indicated on the original matching engine cam cover and speedo fascia, this Harley started life in California as a highway patrol motorcycle. The current owner has cared for this bike over the past 25 years and has featured it in many of Australia’s top motorcycle magazines, in music video clips and it has also won a great many motorcycle shows.



It presents in flawless condition, having only been ridden on the odd occasion through recent history. The blue paintwork glosses beautifully, looking as if it was painted yesterday. All chrome has been polished to a mirror finish.



Pre-war motorcycles are becoming harder to find, often preferred for their superior metals and materials when compared to post-war bikes. The owner describes this bike as a great museum piece, but argues that it’s still a great ride to this day.



This listing is to the best of the sellers knowledge and is not misleading or deceptive in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in Victoria until 19/06/22 and is not recorded as stolen or written off. There are not any security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.


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