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Lot No: 175 at the 2006 Steve McQueen sale held at The Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California.

1929 Harley-Davidson Model B
1929 Harley-Davidson Model B Engine no. 29B2879

Indian’s launch of the single-cylinder 21cu in (350cc) Prince in 1925 prompted Harley-Davidson to return to the roadster singles market in ’26 with a brace of similar-sized machines: one sidevalve, the other with overhead-valve engine. Model designations were ‘A’ (magneto-equipped) and ‘B’ (battery/coil) for the flat-heads and ‘AA’ and ‘BA’ for the overhead-valve equivalents respectively. Looking every inch a scaled-down v-twin, the single featured a similar frame, controls and ‘floating’ saddle, but its engine adopted a detachable cylinder head, an advance not yet seen on the bigger Harley. A 30.5cu in (500cc) flat-head - the Model C - joined the range for 1930, by which time a braked front wheel had become a welcome addition to the specification.
1929 Harley-Davidson Model BThis restored Model B is finished in the correct khaki green paint with red and gold striping and orange lettering, while the saddle is of tan leather. The engine appears clean and well detailed, while other noteworthy features include the braked front wheel, twin headlights, electric horn and gas tank-mounted speedometer.

Steve Wright restored this machine for Steve McQueen. Wright restored approximately thirty motorcycles for McQueen during their collaboration.

Estimate: $12,000 - 18,000.

Sold for $32,000 plus Premium and tax.
1929 Harley-Davidson Model B
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