Aermacchi Harley Davidson Sprint 350 SS 1973 Classic eBay

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Aermacchi SS 350


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For sale – Harley Davidson Sprint (stock number 611)

Frame Number: 6A11671 H4

Engine number: 6A11671 H4

Build Date: 1973

Mileage: 3,037

All our stock is direct from the USA so this motorcycle will need to be registered in the UK. please see below for the simple step buy step guide on how this is done. All duties are paid, we have the US title and will provide all necessary import documentation.


In the 1960s the Japanese invasion was taking hold and Harley-Davidson needed to offer something competitive in the small bike segment. The option was to develop their own engines or buy in something suitable, Aermacchi, of Varese. Italy. seemed to offer an ideal solution, they built a sturdy and competent 250cc bike with good performance and lots of development potential.

Harley bought a 50 percent share in the company.

The sporty Aermacchi Ala d’Oro (Gold Wing) featured a four-stroke overhead-valve single with horizontal cylinder and four-speed transmission, with the engine suspended from a spine frame. It looked like a good fit: overhead valve four-strokes were something H-D dealers were familiar with no fancy overhead cams or ring-ding oil smoke haze. The first Aermacchi Harley-Davidson Sprint went on sale in the U.S. in 1961.

The speedy 250 quickly became popular in production racing, and was gradually improved over the years.

A 350cc version proved potent in GP racing, too, culminating in the 1968-1970 race seasons, when Aermacchis made up four of the top 10 places in the Isle of Man Junior TT each year and grabbed a pair of second place finishes in 1969 and 1970.

Two versions of the Aermacchi Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint appeared: the SS with a one-into-two exhaust and low pipes, and the off-road oriented SX with a high pipe, high fenders and knobby tires.

This particular bike is a 1973 350cc Sprint SS; it is in good, original condition and is showing just 3,037 recorded miles.


The tank is in good solid condition and still finished in the original paint scheme, the paint has worn in a patch on the top of the tank, this can be seen in picture 8, there is a dent on the right hand side. Internally the tank has been lined, we can find no obvious reason for this which is not unusual, it seems to have been routine to do back in the day in the US. The petrol tap is present but does not seem to turn off despite being free.

The side panels are the original steel items and are both in good order.

The mudguards are stainless steel and are both in good undamaged condition and will polish very well.

The front and rear wheels are both in good undamaged condition, the front rim is generally clean but with some areas of pitting in the chrome finish. The rear rim is again generally good but does have some patches of surface rust in the chrome.

The exhaust system is original fitment; the left hand silencer is in good shape, there is one small dent which cannot be seen in the pictures, it is solid and the chrome is clean aside from a little surface rust. The right hand silencer has some damage at the rear, someone has made an attempt at a repair which is very rough.

The seat is in good order the cover has split at the very front where the cover folds over the metal base, the base is in good solid condition.


The engine is starts and runs well when kicked over, the return spring seems to have failed as the starter does not return. The engine does smoke a little at tickover but this clears as the revs rise, we believe that this likely to be from the bike standing for most of its 41 years but we have not investigated further. The engine is certainly mechanically quiet and appears to be in good health.

We have not ridden the bike but on a static check the clutch is stuck and the plates will need freeing up, the gears appear to select well.


The chassis and cycle parts are in good condition as would be expected on a bike with such low mileage; the paint on the frame appears original and aside from minor marks it is very clean. There is no play noted in the swinging arm, headstock and wheel bearings.

The brakes are both working although again these were checked statically so we cannot comment on how effective they are in use. The fork stanchions are clean the seals are tight and the damping is effective. The rear shocks are clean and in good order and damping effectively.

The bike retains its original air box.


The headlight high /dip beam are working well, the tail and brake lights are not working and this will need resolving. The indicators are working but the flasher unit is a little lazy. The ignition switch is also a little sensitive and will need the contacts cleaned.

The electric start is not working, the solenoid is in good condition but the switch is not working and the starter does not spin up.

The switch gear is in good condition, the instruments are cosmetically clean.


This is a very low mileage, clean and original example of a very rare motorcycle, these are unusual and interesting bikes, both for what they represent in the history of one of the worlds most famous motorcycle manufacturers and, as motorcycles in their own right. The 350cc single horizontal cylinder configuration and quirky but pleasant looks all add to the individuality of these bikes, one thing is for sure it will be a long time before the new owner waves to another coming towards him.

This should prove an affordable and straightforward motorcycle to get on the road when the weather improves. It will need little to return it to the road alternatively it would make a great starting point for a full restoration.

Please look at the photographs carefully as these form an integral part of this motorcycles description. A larger version of these pictures can be seen on our website

We do have the US title for this bike so no further dating certificate will be required. All duties have been paid and it is registered on the NOVA database, all paperwork will be supplied and the registration process is very straightforward. We spend a good deal of time working with the DVLA and HMRC to ensure that we comply with all current legislation in order that our customers do not have any difficulties in obtaining age related registrations, we have not had a problem with this in any of the 500 motorcycles we have sold.

Please expect to have to undertake work on any classic motorcycle, all of the bikes that we sell are over 30 years of age some up to 50 years old and all will need regular maintenance and caring for, if you are not able to spin the occasional spanner we would not recommend purchase of a bike of this age.

Aermacchi SS 350

If you want to view the bike: Call Tony on 07745 650984. We are happy to meet up 7 days a week when possible. We also open most Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, stock levels change but we can have up to 60 classic bikes in stock at any one time so feel free to drop in for a look round. Our address can found at

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If you win: Please contact us within 48 hours of the end of the auction. Call Tony on 07745 650984 or email via eBay. Bikes can be stored for a period should you not be able to collect immediately by agreement.

Payment: We accept payment by bank transfer, cheque or cash on collection, if payment is made by cheque the funds will need to clear before the bike can be released.

Need it delivered: We recommend Peter and Chas they are often in the area picking up from us and delivering across the UK and Europe. They are professional, reliable and will treat your motorcycle like their own. If you have your own shipper we are more than happy to work with them.

Need a price: Call/email Peter or Chas direct.

UK. Call Peter on 07831 559538

Europe. Call Chas on 01233 633623

If you win the auction: Call your shipper, give them Tony’s number (07745 650984) and leave the rest to us, we like to make the whole process nice and easy.

International Buyers: We are more than happy to deal with International buyers. Please contact Chas direct if you need shipping prices.

How to register your motorcycle:

1. MOT the motorcycle on the chassis number.

2. Insure the motorcycle on the chassis number.

3. We at the Motorcycle Emporium will provide the following forms:

· An invoice.

· All customs and excise paper work as evidence that import duties have been paid; this will include the NOVA database reference.

· A V55/5 – Application for a First License for A Used Motor Vehicle Form

The original title where that is available, if the original title is not available a letter from the manufacturers UK importer will be required, we will supply contact details and forms needed. If the manufacturer no longer exists, as in the case of classic British machines, then the DVLA will accept dating certificates from a certified list of suppliers.

4. Complete the V55 and send this together with the MOT certificate, Insurance certificate, appropriate payment and personal identification to the DVLA.

5. Within 2 weeks you will receive a V5C Log book, a tax disc and updated MOT certificate showing the registration number rather than the frame number.

6. Finally don’t forget that you will need to advise your insurance company of the newly issued registration number.

This is a very simple process but if you should any help or advice with this process after purchasing a bike then we will be very happy to assist. just give us a call on 07745 650984.

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