A 1908 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank, Mecum Auctions
WE LOVE CAFÉ racers, we love bobbers, and we love a killer scrambler. However we additionally love nice classics, and generally they arrive from an unlikely producer. This yr at Mecum’s Las Vegas public sale, a uncommon bike almost bought for $1 million, and it wasn’t a Henderson, or an MV Agusta, not even a Vincent or a uncommon Indian. Nope. It was a Harley-Davidson.
The costliest bike bought this yr on the 2023 Mecum public sale was a 1908 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank. This uncommon bike has an fascinating pedigree that makes it a one in all a form. Lower than a dozen of those bikes exist, nonetheless this one may very well be probably the most authentic. This Strap Tank, so known as as a result of the fuel tank and oil tank are held to the bicycle-like body with nickel strap, is likely one of the oldest surviving HDs and predates panhead Harleys by many years.
When the public sale gavel fell, the bike went for $850,000. That works out to $935,000 after public sale charges. Watch the gavel fall in Mecum’s video.
This explicit Strap Tank was discovered by bike collector David Uihlein in 1941, and he stored it for 66 years. Sure, it was restored, however it’s one of the vital right and authentic bikes from that period. It has the unique tank, wheels, engine belt pulley, seat cowl and muffler sleeve.
Sure, that’s a variety of scratch for an outdated Harley. It’s not the costliest bike ever bought, however it’s the costliest bike ever bought by Mecum in Vegas. It wasn’t the primary Strap Tank that Mecum ever bought, in 2021 the corporate bought a 1907 Strap Tank for $297,000. However this bike has a well-documented historical past, in addition to well-documented authentic 115-year-old elements.