Basement Find! 1947 Harley-Davidson FL “Knucklehead”


1947 was a pivotal year in Harley-Davidson history. Not only was it the last year for the iconic “Knucklehead” engine, but the classic black leather Harley-Davidson jacket was introduced! While the jackets may not have changed much over the past 70+ years, the bikes certainly have. You can order a 2020 H-D that comes with LED lighting, electronic fuel injection, anti-lock brakes, and a Bluetooth stereo. However, I’m sure most of you would agree that there’s something really special about the 30s and 40s Harleys. This particular bike can be found here on eBay with a current bid of $30,000. Located in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, the bike was supposedly stored in a basement since the early 1980s and looks like a driver-project. Check it out and let us know what you think.  Barn Finds blog:

The seller says they have had the bike for about ten years and it was painted in primer five years ago. There are a few detailed photos in the ad, but unfortunately not very many. With vintage bikes, authentic small parts can make or break the value. New-Old-Stock parts can be extremely expensive and hard to find. The seller is honest about several parts being aftermarket although the frame is original.

Here is a three-quarter view of the 74 cubic inch FL Knucklehead engine. The seller states it starts right up and “rides perfect.” According to Hagerty, the average value for this bike is $24,000, so with the current bidding at $30,000 it seems like the price may favor the seller at this point. What do you think? Is this bike worth over $30,000? Let us know



Steve Carpenter

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