Special WWII Harley and Guzzi under the Bonhams hammer

You can buy them, and the rust is thrown in for free

Special WWII Harley and Guzzi under the Bonhams hammer

TWO SPECIAL WWII bikes from the Den Hartogh Collection will go in sale at Bonhams as part of a 49-strong lot later this month

A 1943 Harley-Davidson 750cc WLA and 1947 Moto Guzzi 498cc Super Alce Military will be sold in their current, slightly-red condition with no reserve.

The Harley has been produced according to U.S. Army specifications during the Second World War. Some 90,000 of them had been produced by the end of the war, 30,000 of which ended in the Soviet Union as part of the Lend-Lease program.

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The Moto Guzzi was produced for the guys fighting for the other side, the Italians. To this day, it is believed only 35 examples survived.

"The Den Hartogh Museum Collection is known the world over, and much like the extensive collection of motor cars and commercial vehicles, the motorcycles have been carefully curated to include many interesting marques and models, said James Stensel, Bonham's executive in charge with motorcycles.

“Offered entirely without reserve, this is a great opportunity for enthusiasts and collectors to bid."