A great example of the 1940’s and 50’s Vintage Harley Davidson Racing Jersey Shirt sold on eBay last week for almost a grand. Harley Davidson first added zippers to their knit tops in the early 1930’s – they were referred to as “Turtlezip Sweaters” and retailed for $3.95. This “Turtlezip” style lasted through the 1950’s. They were mostly made of cotton but some of these “jersey” styles seemed to be a cotton / polyester blend. Harley Davidson also released a rayon jersey in the mid 50’s. Here’s a description of the item from a 1950 Harley Davidson accessories catalog:
“Most attractive sweaters on the track. A stand-out on any track. Novices, Amateurs, Expers, all wear the Harley-Davidson competition sweater. This black and white sweater is a great favorite with all motorcycle riders interested in racing, hill climbs, TT events and all comptetive sports. 100% virgin wool, knit in baby shaker stitch, 2″ longer than standart to allow for “tuck-in”. Collar when open makes a “V” … When zippered closed, a turtle neck.”
This particular vintage Harley Davidson Racing Jersey featured the original Champion “running man” Sportswear tag, the front and back Harley Davidson lettering and original “Prentice” zippered closure. In great shape, this auction price is not surprising.
Check out a previous post featuring vintage photographs of this jersey being worn by competition racers from the 1930’s – 50’s:
Here are the auction details:
VTG 1950s HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE RACING JERSEY SHIRT HD CHAMPION SPORTSWEAR