READER AD: 1938 Harley Davidson EL Racer


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Asking Price: $auction
Location: Grant, FL
Mileage: unknown
Title Status: Clean
VIN: 38EL2376

Seller’s Description: You are looking at Wayne Lyle Cody’s 1938 Privateer Hill Climber. His motorcycle sat untouched in the shed for over 50 years miraculously preserved in its original configuration all the way down to the original tires he competed with. Lyle successfully competed in Hill climbs throughout the Midwest during the 1940’s and 50s. The motorcycle runs and is fully functional. The gearbox has only two gears 3rd & 4th, operated by a lever on the right while the left foot operates the clutch. The engine as modified by Lyle is 1200cc, with lightened flywheels, High compression pistons, Wico chain drive mag, innovative wet sump oiling system, reground cam, and exposed valve train with grease zerks.

Included with the sale will be:

Lyle’s spare set of 1940 cases (also modified for wico mag),
2 of his original Harley Davidson jerseys,
Lyle’s trophy from the Iowa state Championships,
Lyle’s competition leathers,
Lyle’s Helmet with lifetime AMA Pin (painted pink by his son in the 70’s),
Dozens of photos, dated, and with some commentary from Lyle himself (these are digital copies, his son possesses the originals),
Lyle’s kidney Belt with his initials,
Original blueprints of the WICO mag instructions stamped by WJ Davidson,
Correspondence between Lyle, Harley Davidson and the AMA regarding his hill climber
The Brochure for his reground cam along with his handwritten description of his Engine configuration.

Clear Florida Title in my name

Nowadays Antique Motorcycles with this kind of provenance are only found in museums.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for any Harley Davidson collector.
The bike is well documented and in original condition, as campaigned.

Body Condition: Dings and dents from tumbling down the hill

Mechanical Condition: Running & Fully functional

Auction Listing: Here on eBay

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  1. leiniedude leiniedudeMember


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  2. HoA Rube GoldbergMember

    When men were men,,,

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  3. geomechs geomechsMember

    I’m surprised that didn’t end up in the Harley Davidson museum. A lot of other racing and special interest bikes wound up there…

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  4. JagManBill

    I’m surprised Mike Wolff hasn’t gobbled this up

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    • PRA4SNW

      I was thinking the same thing, someone beat him to this one. I’m not sure if he is a secondary market kind of guy, he seems to find enough good stuff on his own.

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  5. Jon G

    Dale Walksler will end up with this. Picker Mike is a joke in the real collector world.

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  6. Waltguy

    Needs to be at Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham.

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  7. stillrunners

    neat it survived…….

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  8. Dave Mazz

    My first bike was a H-D bob-job with a ’47 EL engine (61 CID Knuckle-head.) I sold it for $150 when I went into the Army…..Maybe I should have kept it :-) :-)

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  9. leiniedude leiniedudeMember

    Ended: Jul 07, 2019 , 8:00PM
    Winning bid:US $51,211.00
    [ 41 bids ]

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  10. chrlsful

    WICO – Deer, Wisconsin, HD magnetos…
    6K$ & keep all the mementos?

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