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Mean Steve McQueen’s 1938 HD Sold at Mecum for $125k

I live for myself and I answer to nobody.” – said like a man 

We highlighted recently, Steve McQueen’s 1938 World Solo Sport in the Guess that Bagger post.  Here, we do this bike justice by sharing more about it.


Sold at Mecum for $125,000 with 21k mileage, this famous and also innovative Harley is an icon as it helped enable Harley-Davidson make a big comeback out of the Great Depression in the mid 30s.


This Flathead features the recirculating oil system introduced on all H-D engines in 1936 (originally on the Knucklehead).  Additional, but smaller changes to 1938 bikes were higher handlebars for more comfortable riding position, the instrument panel was simplified by replacing the ammeter with a red warning lamp and the oil-pressure gauge with a green lamp, new colors and striping made available.

These 45 ci Flatheads continued to power three-wheeled Service Cars into the 70’s. Clearly, an admired design.






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