This 1907 Strap Tank Harley Davidson Crushes At Auction!

A 1907 Harley Davidson Strap Tank Just Sold For $715k!

Updated August 8, 2018

There was a buzz around the internet last month as a completely original and unrestored 1907 Harley Davidson Strap Tank went under the hammer at the Mecum Auctions. It didn’t take a genius to guess that the motorcycle was going to fetch a high price but what was so special about this little number?

The Davidson Brothers and William Harley have produced a fair few motorcycles and let’s be honest, their earlier vintages are no strangers to the auction houses but this little 440cc is something special. It’s engine is number #2037, indicating to all that know that this machine was Harley Davidson’s 37th motorcycle built in 1907 and the 94th machine ever built, including two earlier prototype models.

How Much For This 1907 Harley Davidson Strap Tank?

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It’s an incredible purchase for any collector with an eye for motorcycle evolution. When Harley Davidson built their first bike in 1903, a small single-cylinder 116cc machine, their machines lacked power on a laughable scale but fast forward a few years and the signature brand of Harley Davidson began to take shape: strength, power and size. The evolution of the 116cc, to the 405cc and then to this 440cc paved the way for all of the good things to come over the next century.

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This particular model is in high demand because of its raw and unrestored finish; a patina like that is centuries in the making and near impossible to recreate. Of course, its most eye catching feature is it’s namesake: it carries the unmistakable ‘strap tank’ that defined these early attempts. The ‘strap tank’ itself is exactly what the name suggests: the oil and fuel tanks are held in place by two nickel plated steel bands and an iconic example of motorcycle history.

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It came as no surprise that the auctioneers valued the bike between $800,000 and $1,000,000; many motorcycle blogs already expected this bike to be the one that claimed that ‘highest ever sold at auction’ crown but sadly, it wasn’t so. In the end, the bike sold for $715,000 which, although was less than predicted, is still an incredible feat.

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Whoever ended up with the bike has made a solid investment. As long as they don’t tamper with it, it will only appreciate in value.

For all you Harley riders out there, you might want to think twice about that customization or leave that project that’s sitting in your garage alone. In a few years, we might be talking about one of your machines at auction. You never know.


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