Some of my favorite finds are the old panoramic shots from the early part of the century through the 1940’s. The beautiful settings, the level of quality detail, the fashion trends – all make these excellent slices of Americana at it’s finest.
This photograph comes from a motorcycle club meeting outside Grider Cycle Shop in 1927. It sold on eBay by way of best offer. It was listed at $385. I wish I would have bought it because it’s a great photograph of classic motorcycle culture.
Here are the details:
1927 PANORAMIC HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE CLUB PHOTO
Seller: miamisunshine / Miami, FL
Price: $385 : Best Offer
Condition: “very good condition”
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These items needed to be featured. While also posting that amazing 1930’s Harley Davidson sweater, the eBay seller “hydra-glide” also posted some incredible vintage HD side items. In addition to being really stellar pieces, these items are beautifully photographed and really set off their respective eBay listings.
The first is a 1950’s Baby Ben alarm clock in working condition. Here are the auction details:
Seller: hydra-glide / Woodbridge, IL
Condition: “Shows wear. Scratches, scuffs, glass face intact. Works.”
The next item is this amazing 1950’s Harley lighter. Here are the auction details:
Seller: hyda-glide / Woodbridge, IL
Condition: “Shows wear. Light pitting and very minor surface rust here and there.”
Which do you like better? …the unique Harley Davidson alarm clock or the colorful Harley Davidson lighter? Leave your answer below.
A really stellar vintage Harley Davidson Sweater sold on eBay this weekend. It’s condition was pristine – it looked as though it had never been worn. The seller “hydra-glide” put it up to the auction block along with several other vintage Harley Davidson items. No doubt this sweater had been well cared for. This was the “U-V Neck Sweater” from 1934 and was one of the first items from Harley Davidson to feature the new “Silver Wings” patch. The ad from the 1934 Accessories Catalog calls it “the best buy of the year!” These sweaters were first sold for $2.95 with the “special colors” going for $3.25. From the seller’s auction listing:
“Locating a wool sweater of ANY type from the 1930’s in this condition is rare in itself, the fact that it is an artifact from the Harley-Davidson Motor Company makes this sweater even more valuable. Add to that that this color combination was a “special order” from the factory featuring Harley Davidson’s famous black and orange colors, and you have an item that I don’t think you will find again, much less in better condition, perhaps ever. This is a stunning sweater and one of my “gems” from my collection.”
Here are the details of the auction:
RARE VINTAGE ANTIQUE 1930’S HARLEY DAVIDSON WOOL V NECK SWEATER ORIGINAL NICE!
Seller: hydra-glide / Woodbridge, IL
Label: Harley Davidson “The Mark of Quality” tag
Condition: Deadstock – looks unworn.
RARE Vintage Antique 1930’s Harley Davidson Wool V Neck Sweater Original Nice | eBay.
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
Seller: eddymerckx14 / Brooklyn, NY
Label: Champion Running Man / Size Small
Condition: Shows only some wear – looks to be in great shape.
My buddy John sent this over to me today and I had to pass it along. Steve McQueen’s Harley Davidson is being sent to auction on November 23rd.
Care of Stephen Edelstein at MotorAuthority.com….
“No one will ever be as cool as Steve McQueen, but owning his Harley-Davidson might be the next best thing.
McQueen’s 1938 Harley WLD Solo Sport will be sold at a Mecum Auctions event in Anaheim, California. The bike still wears its original factory paint, and its odometer shows 21,000 miles.
The Harley’s pedigree is fully documented, including a certificate of authenticity from McQueen’s 1984 estate sale. It also comes with a few of McQueen’s own tools, which were found in a frame-mounted tool box when the bike was first sold.”
The auction runs next weekend, November 21 – 23 and the Steve McQueen Harley is scheduled to be auctioned on Saturday the 23rd at 3 o’clock.
You can check out Stephen’s complete Motor Authority article here:
And the actual Harley Davidson auction listing here: