Fancy owning an iconic piece of American motorcycling history? Well, we’ve been sent details of a beautiful Harley-Davidson 11K, the iconic brands first purpose-built V-twin racer that’s heading to auction this August.
Harley-Davidson ran its first race way back in 1904, competing in The Milwaukee Mile at Wisconsin State Fair Park— but the blossoming American bike builders didn’t really get into racing until 1914. They hired Bill Ottoway from rival Thor, to design a new machine and set up a factory racing team. He built the Model 11-K – a purpose-built track racer with no brakes, no gears, no suspension, a highly tuned motor with open breather ports in the cylinders, and a flat-out racing Schebler carb, all for a $300 price tag.
This 1915 Model 11-K is one of only 79, from the glory days of American board-track racing, and has been meticulously restored after being found in a wreck in Argentine. The remaining parts of the original frame were integrated into a new, period-correct frame. The original engine was carefully restored, new wheels were laced to the surviving hubs, and the braced racing forks with rare André dampers were rebuilt.
And it even won the 2017 Greenwhich Concours d’Elegance for Most Outstanding Machine. But best of all, it could be yours – as it goes under the hammer with Mecum Auctions in Monterey later this month, with a guide price of $50,000 to $60,000 (about £38,000 to £46,000). For more information, click HERE.