1942 Harley-Davidson Model WLC

1942 Harley-Davidson Model WLC

The 1942 Harley-Davidson Model WLC was a motorcycle produced by Harley-Davidson for military use during World War II. It was essentially a military version of the civilian WL model, with modifications to suit military needs.

The Model WLC had a 45 cubic inch (745cc) flathead V-twin engine, which produced around 23 horsepower. It had a top speed of around 65 mph (105 km/h), and a range of about 200 miles (320 km) on a full tank of fuel.

One of the key modifications for military use was the addition of a blackout light, which could be used to drive the motorcycle without revealing its position to enemy forces at night. The motorcycle also had a stronger frame and suspension, as well as a reinforced rear wheel hub.

The Model WLC was used extensively by Allied forces during World War II, and was especially popular with American and Canadian troops. After the war, many surplus Model WLCs were sold to civilians, and they became popular as civilian motorcycles. Today, the 1942 Harley-Davidson Model WLC is considered a classic motorcycle, and is highly prized by collectors and enthusiasts.

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Production Start 1942
Country of origin USA