Slightly over a century ago, long before Harley-Davidson started selling trucks that look nothing the brand’s motorcycles, the American motorcycle maker did made trucks, but they were not what you imagine them to be. The 1916 Harley-Davidson Model J Package Truck you see was one of these ‘trucks’.
As you can see, it is not quite the truck, truck, and more of motorcycles with sidecar mounted with a cargo container. Fascinating, isn’t it? It was a commercial success for H-D and similar vehicle was used by Milwaukee U.S. Postal Service to make deliveries even on harsh Wisconsin winter between 1912 and 1913.
Long story short, you can now own a piece of H-D remarkable history. So, yes, this particular example is up for grab. Clearly, it is a classic bike that will pique the interest of wealthy Harley-Davidson collectors and bike enthusiasts.
Officially refer to as 1916 Harley-Davidson 1,000cc Model J & Package Truck Sidecar with registration number BF 7022, this H-D truck was sold new in 1916 with the Package Truck option and has the optional three-speed gearbox and electric lighting system first offered on the 1915 models.
This particular example, which was fully restored in 2015-2016, retained its original and very rare Remy magdyno as well as the original ‘hand-blown’ headlamp bulb, which is fully functional.
The restoration also sees the nickel brightwork re-plated, the paneling repainted, and the engine and gearbox overhauled. It also a Corbin speedometer and embossed Harley-Davidson leather luggage set to accompany the ride.
The 1916 Harley-Davidson Model J Package Truck will go under the hammer at The Spring Stafford Sale (April 25-26, 2020) at Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground and it is expected to fetch £25,000-35,000 (about US$32,533-45,547).