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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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Harley-Davidson WLA Parts on eBay


There are currently 1011 Harley-Davidson WLA parts for sale right now on eBay; here are 20 examples. see all eBay results

Harley RLDR WLA WLDR 45 Servi-car Engine Linkert Carburetor M16 OEM Knucklehead
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$105.50
Time remaining:3 hours, 19 minutes, 16 seconds
Harley Knucklehead WL WLA Cad Plated Kicker Pedal Part # 2091-16 MADE IN USA
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$65.00
Time remaining:4 days, 4 hours, 36 minutes, 47 seconds
37 Up Harley 45 WL WLA WLC Engine Guard Crash Bar Brand New
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:US
Current bid:$36.00
Time remaining:4 hours, 50 minutes, 33 seconds
Harley Knucklehead WL WLA Cad Plated Kicker Pedal Part # 2091-16 MADE IN USA
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$65.00
Time remaining:4 days, 4 hours, 36 minutes, 47 seconds
37 Up Harley 45 WL WLA WLC Rear Crash Bar Brand New
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:US
Current bid:$36.00
Time remaining:4 hours, 52 minutes, 59 seconds
Harley Knucklehead WL WLA Parkerized Kicker Pedal Part # 2091-16 MADE IN USA
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$65.00
Time remaining:4 days, 4 hours, 36 minutes, 47 seconds
Harley 45 WLA WLC Exhaust Muffler Fin OEM NOS
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$17.60
Time remaining:5 hours, 57 minutes, 13 seconds
WINTER 2003 HARLEY-DAVIDSON ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE -HARLEY 1929 to 1954--WLA--36 EL
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$17.99
Time remaining:27 days, 5 hours, 2 minutes, 38 seconds
HARLEY DAVIDSON 45 WL WLA ENGINE HARDWARE BOLT SET FLATHEAD
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$99.00
Time remaining:6 hours, 17 minutes, 33 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:16 hours, 21 minutes, 54 seconds
Harley 45 WL WLA WLC G GE Pistons OEM NOS .030 Oversize
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$20.50
Time remaining:6 hours, 26 minutes, 22 seconds
TANK STRIP GAS HARLEY SERVI 45 WLA PANHEAD FL FLH VINTAGE SERVICAR WL WLA
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$50.00
Time remaining:15 hours, 39 minutes, 22 seconds
CARBURETOR MOUNT SCREWS HARLEY 45 WLA WLC WLD
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$7.90
Time remaining:18 days, 18 hours, 1 minutes, 59 seconds
TILLITSON CARBURATOR SERVICAR 45 SERVI FLATHEAD VINTAGE ORIGINAL WL WLA J HARLEY
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$100.00
Time remaining:15 hours, 39 minutes, 22 seconds
Harley WL WLA RL 45 Valve Cover Wrench
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$18.00
Time remaining:4 days, 4 hours, 32 minutes, 29 seconds
Harley NOS OEM 45 WLA WLC WL G BT Wire Flag Terminals “LAST ONES”
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:US
Current bid:$10.50
Time remaining:1 day, 2 hours, 29 minutes, 8 seconds
Seat Clevis Pin and Spring Colony 8623-2
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$12.95
Time remaining:2 hours, 40 minutes, 30 seconds
Harley NOS 45 WLA WLC WL BT Cycle-Ray Headlight Mounting Hardware “LAST PAIR”
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:US
Current bid:$5.50
Time remaining:1 day, 2 hours, 29 minutes, 8 seconds
Harley Headbolt Tap VL, Knucklehead, WLA, Servicar
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$22.00
Time remaining:8 days, 2 hours, 6 minutes, 57 seconds
Harley 45 OEM WLA WLC 1/2, 9/16, 7/16 Tool Roll Wrench
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$19.99
Time remaining:1 day, 2 hours, 29 minutes, 8 seconds


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