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1978 HARLEY-DAVIDSON 998CC XLCR RACING MOTORCYCLE (LOT 375) SOLD by Auction

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  • £8,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1978
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Price £8,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Harley Davidson
Model XLCR RACING MOTORCYCLE
Year 1978
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 21-Jul-2020
Ref C1247915
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

SALE TIMES
Friday 14 August Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 212) 10am
Saturday 15 August Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 462) 10am
Sunday 16 August Motorcycles (Morbidelli Collection) (Lot 501 - 704) 10am

VIEWING
In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

VIEWING TIMES
Wednesday 12 August 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 13 August 9am to 5pm
Friday 14 August 9am to 5pm
Saturday 15 August 9am to 5pm (Lots 501-704 only)

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register.

AUCTION ADDRESS
Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 5HA


1978 HARLEY-DAVIDSON 998CC XLCR RACING MOTORCYCLE (LOT 375)
REGISTRATION NO. CUA 121S
FRAME NO. 7F11671HB
ENGINE NO. 7F11671HB
• Rare two-year-only model
• Built by the factory to racing specification
• Campaigned by Rick Swiderski

Harley-Davidson had been building the Sportster model for years but by the mid-1970s it had become obvious that something better would be required to compete with the hottest new road bikes from Europe and Japan. Styled by William G Davidson, the company's Design Director, Harley's riposte was the XLCR 'Café Racer', which combined the iron-barreled Sportster engine with a chassis incorporating an XR750-style box-section swinging arm, cast alloy wheels and triple disc brakes. With its matt black-finished engine cases, matching exhaust system and sleek glassfibre bodywork, the XLCR looked lean and mean. Trouble was, the XLCR still couldn't cut it with the opposition, and traditional Harley owners didn't know what to make of it. Sales were disappointing, and the model was dropped after only two years in production. Back in '77, Bike magazine reckoned that the XLCR was essentially "about style and image more than any other machine on the market" and there can be little doubt that turning up on one of these today would get you more attention than any modern sports bike. Only some 3,000-or-so were made and today the rare and stylish XLCR is highly prized by collectors.

We are advised by the private vendor that this example was built by Dave Sedlack, a close friend of the Harley-Davidson Company's directors, who went on to open Harley dealerships in the USA. This bike has been built to full racing specification: total loss electrics; paddock starting; all fastenings wired; oil catch-tanks in place, etc. Never road registered in the USA, this XLCR was campaigned during the late 1970s and early '80s by privateer rider Rick Swiderski. Accompanying documentation consists of a manufacturer's statement of origin and a UK V5C Registration Certificate. Said to be very fast and to sound awesome, this wonderful machine represents a rare opportunity to acquire an example of Harley-Davidson's iconic XLCR built by the factory to racing specification.

£8,000 - 12,000
€8,900 - 13,000

As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

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