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Harley-Davidson WLA History


The WLA is a model of Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was produced to US Army specifications in the years during and around World War II. It was based on an existing civilian model, the WL, and is of the 45 solo type, so called due to its 45 cubic inches (740 cc) engine and single-rider design. The same engine, in a slightly lower state of tune, also powered the three-wheeled Servi-Car (the "G" family), leading to the "solo" distinction. The model number breaks down as follows: Harley-Davidson began producing the WLA in small numbers in 1940, as part of a general military expansion. The later entry of the United States into World War II saw significantly increased production, with over 90,000 being produced during the war (along with spare parts the equivalent of many more). Harley Davidson would also produce a close WLA variant for the Canadian Army called the WLC and would also supply smaller numbers to the UK, South Africa, and other allies, as well as filling orders for different models from the Navy and Marine Corps. Unusually, all the WLAs produced after Pearl Harbor, regardless of the actual year, would be given serial numbers indicating 1942 production.

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There are currently 1047 Harley-Davidson WLA parts for sale right now on eBay; here are 20 examples. see all eBay results

Harley WLA WLC VL WL Flywheel crankshaft Knucklehead Panhead Flathead engine
Condition:Used
Country:RU
Current bid:$210.00
Time remaining:9 hours, 39 minutes, 56 seconds
Harley-Davidson OEM NOS Engine Case Assembly 45 WL WLA WLC
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$1400.00
Time remaining:29 days, 22 hours, 34 minutes, 23 seconds
Rare Harley Gas Tanks Oil WLA WLC WLD Tank Original Flathead panhead knucklehead
Condition:Used
Country:RU
Current bid:$400.00
Time remaining:9 hours, 40 minutes, 29 seconds
Harley-Davidson OEM NOS Fly Wheel Connecting Rods 45 WL WLA WLC
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$295.00
Time remaining:29 days, 22 hours, 17 minutes, 10 seconds
HARLEY DAVIDSON WLA WLC KNUCKLEHEAD BIG TWIN FUEL CAP
Condition:New
Country:AU
Current bid:$9.99
Time remaining:20 hours, 27 minutes, 15 seconds
Harley Knucklehead Panhead Conduit Original OEM NOS (1) 23" Long 45 WLA
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:US
Current bid:$4.95
Time remaining:7 days, 14 hours, 11 minutes, 45 seconds
ORIGINAL INDIAN MC 741 - WLA HARLEY DAVIDSON - WWII SEAT
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$299.99
Time remaining:21 hours, 9 minutes, 29 seconds
Harley 45 Flathead Valve Springs WL,WLA,WLC,Servi-car
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:CA
Current bid:$25.45
Time remaining:2 days, 11 hours, 18 minutes, 15 seconds
Harley 45 WL WLA WLC G Three Speed Transmission Trap Door OEM
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$9.95
Time remaining:23 hours, 3 minutes, 43 seconds
Brown Army saddlebags for Harley Davidson WLA 41-45
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$599.95
Time remaining:26 days, 23 hours, 52 minutes, 24 seconds
Harley 45 WL WLA WLC G Three Speed Transmission Case With Shifter Drum & Lever
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$18.75
Time remaining:23 hours, 7 minutes, 44 seconds
Harley 45 WL WLA WLC G Model 32 E Generator Core Knucklehead Flathead UL
Condition:For parts or not working
Country:US
Current bid:$29.00
Time remaining:23 hours, 43 minutes, 34 seconds
Harley-Davidson OEM NOS Fly Wheel Assembly 45 WL WLA WLC Part #331-37
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$420.00
Time remaining:29 days, 22 hours, 9 minutes, 23 seconds
50012-30B HARLEY NOS JIFFY KICK SIDE STAND SPRING 45 DL RL WL WLA VL SERVICAR
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$30.95
Time remaining:1 day, 11 hours, 25 minutes, 24 seconds
CARBURETOR MOUNT SCREWS HARLEY 45 WLA WLC WLD
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$7.90
Time remaining:25 days, 15 hours, 5 minutes, 46 seconds
Harley Flathead WLA 45 W G speedometer cable original 38-61 Knucklehead Panhead
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$22.00
Time remaining:1 day, 21 hours, 2 minutes, 55 seconds
Original Harley Davidson 45 WL WLA Springer Frontend Off 1941 Nice.
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$1800.00
Time remaining:4 days, 18 hours, 14 minutes, 2 seconds
NOS Vintage Harley Davidson Knucklehead Flathead WLA 45 Horn Switch Wire
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$15.99
Time remaining:1 day, 22 hours, 17 minutes, 54 seconds
1939 - 73 Harley WL WLA WLC Motorcycle Teflon Head Gaskets FREE SHIPPING
Condition:New
Country:CA
Current bid:$18.48
Time remaining:29 days, 21 hours, 8 minutes, 7 seconds
Harley WLDR Servi-car Frame RLDR WLA Springer Front Wheel Brake Drum Knucklehead
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$52.99
Time remaining:1 day, 22 hours, 44 minutes, 21 seconds


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