Harley Davidson 1936 “VD” 1217 cc side valve V-twin frame & engine # 36VD4734
In 1930 the Model “V” came on the market to replace the F-head models J and JD.
In the beginning there were serious problems with the design but once these were ironed out the new model gained a good reputation both as a solo mount and as a sidecar puller.
The “V” range was produced from 1930 till 1936 in capacities of 1217 and 1293 cc and the machines were available with many specification details.
The model “VD” was a medium compression model ( ratio 4.0:1) and it had a power output of 28 HP @ 4,000 rpm. Maximum speed is some 125 km/hour.
Some of the new features for the 1936 model year were cylinders & heads with nineholdingdown studs instead of seven, reworked combustion chambers and deeper cooling fins.
This machine is an older restoration and is a bit of a celebrity: it featured in the 2016 History Channel series “Harley and the Davidsons”.
Only 176 VDs were produced in 1936, so it can be considered a rare model.