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10 March 2012

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Lot 103

1912 Harley-Davidson Single

  • Frame no. 8534B
  • Engine no. 8534B

Sold for $27,500

30 cu. in. air-cooled single-cylinder engine, magneto ignition, single-speed belt drive.

• Restored for static display

• Ex-Jerry DeMill Collection

The year 1912 was an exciting one of growth at Harley-Davidson. Arthur Davidson continued to promote sales and invest in literature to pass on to a dealer network that grew to over 200 strong, and William Harley was busy with product testing and development. It was also the first year H-D exported motorcycles to Japan, and office and factory workers numbered over 1,000. A separate Parts & Accessories Department was formed, which still exists today. Construction also began on what was to become the company’s six-story headquarters and main factory building on Juneau Ave. in Milwaukee.

As the Harley-Davidson product line grew, it now offered both single-cylinder and V-twin models, plus machines featuring the new chain-drive arrangement. The 1912-model lineup included four single-cylinder models (all 30 cubic inches) and three V-twins (two 50 cubic inch and one at 61 cubic inches). This was the only year Harley-Davidson used iron pistons as standard equipment. All models offered in 1912 featured a new frame with a horizontal top frame-rail sloping to the rear, lowering the riding position to a height which allowed the seat post to accommodate springing to absorb rear-wheel shock, marking the first significant step for motorcycles away from the appearances of a bicycle. The pedal cranks were mounted on a hub with eccentric end pieces holding the hub into the frame.

This “Silent Grey Fellow” was completely restored by Jerry DeMill Restorations with Mike Partee attending to the single-cylinder engine with magneto ignition. This model has a single-speed belt drive with pulley adjustment, without clutch or transmission. A beautiful, early Harley-Davidson that has been set up for static display, it was until recently part of the noted Jerry DeMill Collection.


Please note that the engine number is actually 8534B.

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