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

Harley WLA 45 Tail Light 6 Volt NOS Guide 7067033 5052-41M 5052-42M
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:US
Current bid:$149.99
Time remaining:2 hours, 1 minutes, 40 seconds
HARLEY 45" WL WLA REAR MUDGUARD (FENDER) BRACE BOLTS
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:US
Current bid:$7.95
Time remaining:21 day, 4 hours, 45 minutes, 38 seconds
Motor Mount Harley 45 Flathead WL WLA, For Cast Iron Heads, No Reserve!
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$19.99
Time remaining:3 hours, 48 minutes, 7 seconds
Front Fender mudguard For Harley Davidson WLC Wla WL 45" Big Twin Vl 1937-48
Condition:New
Country:IN
Current bid:$150.00
Time remaining:25 days, 21 hours, 35 minutes, 51 seconds
Harley Davidson 45, WL, WLD, WLA Jiffy Stand U-Bolt
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$2.99
Time remaining:4 hours, 27 minutes, 40 seconds
HARLEY DAVIDSON 45 Flathead Engine BLUEPRINT WLA WL HD
Condition:New
Country:US
Current bid:$21.35
Time remaining:13 days, 6 hours, 46 minutes, 13 seconds
HARLEY ROCKER CLUTCH PEDAL SPRING VINTAGE 45 WL WLA UL KNUCKLEHEAD PANHEAD
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$5.99
Time remaining:4 hours, 36 minutes, 32 seconds
NEW Harley RL WL WLA 45 jiffy stand, side stand, kickstand 50002-32
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:US
Current bid:$75.00
Time remaining:27 days, 8 hours, 4 minutes, 29 seconds
Harley NOS OEM Wiring Knucklehead 1936 45 WL WLA WLC GA 1741-36 Generator Relay
Condition:New
Country:NL
Current bid:$19.99
Time remaining:7 hours, 45 minutes, 0 seconds
Harley 45 Flathead,WLA,WLC,Skid Plate Clamps "NOS"
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:CA
Current bid:$19.99
Time remaining:9 days, 12 hours, 58 minutes, 40 seconds
NOS Harley Davidson, WLA, WWII, surplus, engine crankcases
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:US
Current bid:$995.00
Time remaining:8 hours, 49 minutes, 21 seconds
TRANSMISSION FLATHEAD 45 WLA MILITARY?WL WR SERVI HARLEY MOTOR VINTAGE SERVICAR
Condition:For parts or not working
Country:US
Current bid:$800.00
Time remaining:10 hours, 13 minutes, 20 seconds
Harley Knucklehead Flathead Panhead 45 Wl Wla Gas Tank Hand Shift Lever And Ball
Condition:New
Country:IN
Current bid:$27.00
Time remaining:18 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes, 55 seconds
SERVICAR 45 MOTOR SERVI FLATHEAD POLICE WL WLA HARLEY UL VL JD VINTAGE ENGINE
Condition:For parts or not working
Country:US
Current bid:$2100.00
Time remaining:10 hours, 13 minutes, 20 seconds
Harley Davidson 45 Flathead Speedo Drive Gear..8 Tooth..WL,WLA,WLC
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:CA
Current bid:$10.99
Time remaining:9 days, 2 hours, 12 minutes, 19 seconds
FIRE EXT KNUCKLEHEAD SERVI PANHEAD VINTAGE 45 HARLEY J FLATHEAD WLA WL FL POLICE
Condition:For parts or not working
Country:US
Current bid:$90.00
Time remaining:10 hours, 13 minutes, 21 seconds
NEW HARLEY 45" WL WLA WLG CLUTCH CABLE CHROME 36975-41
Condition:New
Country:IN
Current bid:$22.00
Time remaining:18 days, 18 hours, 27 minutes, 34 seconds
SCHEBLER NEEDLE CARBURETOR HARLEY J INDIAN FLATHEAD VL WLA 45 LINKERT JD UL WL
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$20.00
Time remaining:10 hours, 13 minutes, 21 seconds
Military Harley flathead WLA 45 Knucklehead brown leather mud flap NOS
Condition:New other (see details)
Country:VN
Current bid:$40.00
Time remaining:29 days, 12 hours, 26 minutes, 49 seconds
Harley Davidson WLA Front Wheel Hub
Condition:Used
Country:US
Current bid:$150.00
Time remaining:10 hours, 37 minutes, 39 seconds


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