One Year Only – 1936 Harley-Davidson VLH with Sidecar

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A one year only model, the VLH was arguably Harley’s ultimate flathead. This example stands out as it was ordered with several choice options: the 80 ci engine, 4-speed transmission (a $15 option), 19″ wheels/tires, speedometer, and a sidecar. It has been sitting for 3 decades but it runs and rides!

With a 34 horsepower engine, the VLH was capable of topping the fabled 100 mile per hour milestone. The optional speedometer is equipped with a “Maximum Speed Hand.” Basically, it was a maximum speed indicator – during any given ride that hand would stay fixed at your highest speed so that you could prove you attained a certain number. Harley sold 2,046 VLH bikes and according to the seller, this is one of five known remaining examples that still has the 4-speed transmission it came with from the factory. Have fun verifying that!

This example is said to be highly original, with the main exception being the headlight bucket (original included). This motorcycle started life out as a Postal Delivery service bike in Nebraska. In the 80s, the engine and transmission were rebuilt. The bike was ridden for 2,000 miles after that and then parked in a barn. Since then the bike has spent some time at shows and there are some issues that will need to be taken care of. The factory sidecar is missing the body (a wooden box has been installed in its place). The gas tanks and fenders were repainted over 50 years ago so while the paint isn’t original, it’s got that fabled patina that everyone seems to value. The frame and front end still show the original paint. The big issue with this VLH is the left side gas tank, which has a hole that has rusted through.

Find this VLH for sale in Lincoln, Nebraska with bidding up to $28,300 and the reserve not yet met

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