WLA 750 Harley Davidson

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WLA 750 Harley Davidson

Post-World War II Motorcycle Designed late 1930’s

Scale 1:9

Dimensions

Motorcycle overall length: 240 mm

Motorcycle width: 95 mm

Motorcycle height: 125 mm

Weight of Motorcycle: 627 grams

Weight of Sterling Silver: 358 grams

Display Case Length: 380 mm

Display Case Width: 210 mm Display Case Height: 445 mm

Total Weight (including Motorcycle): 3.9 kg

Electricity supply: 110 to 220 V

Limited edition:

50 in silver and blackwood

The story behind the selection of the WLA 750 Harley Davidson

Besides having an absolute passion for cannons, Zane has always enjoyed motorbikes, riding Enduro’s in his younger days and graduating to participating in “Funduro’s” with his youngest son in more recent years. When during a visit from an art collector to view Zane’s incredible cannon collection, the said collector spotted a mini BMW that Zane had made in sterling silver, he suggested Zane try his hand at a Harley Davidson. Linking his love of all things “war related” to this new challenge, Zane set his sights on modelling the WLA 750 Harley Davidson utilized by the American military in World War II. With technology changing and 3-D printers making plans for full engines as well as bike designs more accessible online, you never know this may be the first of many Harley Davidson models.

Historical information

Marketing genius lead to over 90 000 Harley-Davidson WLA motorcycles being produced during World War II. Not only did it ensure the continuity of Harley-Davidson but it meant that those who had ridden the bike during the War had an affinity towards it once back state side. Most of the WLA bikes were produced towards the latter part of the war from 1942 to 1945. Pre-VIN (vehicle identification numbers) meant some parts were stamped with serial numbers indicating the year of production. Unusually, all the war machines produced from 1942 onwards were stamped 42WLA or 43WLC for those supplied to the Canadian army even if they were produced after1942. Post the war, the plethora of bikes available drove prices down and many made it into civilian hands where they were duly modified giving rise to many hybrids including the famous Chopper. This cemented the ongoing popularity and diversity of the Harley-Davidson brand.

About the model

Although Zane chose the WLA 750 military bike, he opted to produce a toned down, civilian version, but as was the trend back in the day, this base model can be tweaked to include almost any modification imaginable. Chopper handles, low-rider seat, ……….. Much time and attention has been paid to modelling a beautiful collectible for those who are “Outlaws of the Road” but have a discerning eye and appreciation for craftsmanship and quality. This piece boasts a solid sterling silver engine with a bronze frame and gold-plated petrol tank and bumpers. A great deal of thought has gone into displaying the model to best advantage from every angle, including a built in LED streetlamp to ensure that the piece receives the attention and appreciation it so richly deserves.

Price

R 80 000 excluding transportation

$ 5 925 (at an exchange rate of R13.5 to $1) excluding transportation

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