Harley-Davidson 1942 WLC 750cc 2 cyl sv 3406



Harley-Davidson 1942 “WLC” 750cc side valve V-twin frame # 8A 1354 A engine # 42WLA68130
Harley-Davidson began producing the WLA in small numbers in 1940, as part of a general military expansion. The later entry of the United States into World War II saw significantly increased production, with over 90,000 being produced during the war (along with spare parts the equivalent of many more). Harley Davidson would also produce a close WLA variant for the Canadian Army. This model was called the WLC. Production of the WLA/WLC would cease after the war, but would be revived for the Korean War during the years 1949 to 1952.
Most WLAs/WLCs in western hands after the war would be sold as surplus and “civilianized”; the many motorcycles available in the U.S.A. at relatively low cost would lead to the rise of the chopper and other modified motorcycle styles, as well as the surrounding biker culture. In Europe the Liberators provided much needed private transport in the years after the war, and in later years the indestructible Harleys became popular with students and old bike aficionados.
There are a number of differences between the original WLA and WLC machines, but the civilianised models were often restored with parts that were available at the time.

Our machine has the front wheel that is interchangeable with the rear wheel , a typical WLC feature. It is registered as a WLC, but the engine cases show a WLA designation. Some 25 years ago the machine was restored; invoices to the amount of around 3000 euros are available. This attractively-coloured HD was part of a private collection and comes with current Dutch registration.