2022 Shannons Winter Timed Online Auction

1935 Harley-Davidson VFD Motorcycle





Engine 1200cc V-twin
Gearbox 3-speed manual
Body Work Solo
Colour Orlando Orange/Black
Interior Tan
Wheels Wire-spoked
Brakes Drums


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Having survived the infamous stock market crash of 1929 which took so many of its rivals under, Harley Davidson powered on and in 1934 introduced its new VLD and VFD models. Featuring two-tone paintwork and a stylised fuel tank for the first time on a production Harley bike, the bold new VFD saw a switch from the traditional rounded fenders to flatter curves, while the toolbox was relocated from the front forks (below the headlight) to the frame on later 1935-1936 models. The original twin headlamp of the 1930 Harley was changed to the Cycleray curved lens unit. Harley’s traditional Olive Green paint, which had been used with little variation since 1917, was dropped as the standard colour and replaced by more vibrant two-tone colour schemes. Flathead V-Twin engines which replaced F-Head versions in the late ‘20s now came in 45ci and 74ci capacities and would eventually morph into the famous EL overhead valve Knucklehead engine of 1936. Classic ‘30s Harley flatheads, with plenty of grunt and tremendous style, remain extremely popular with Harley Davidson collectors the world over today.