Harley Davidson Panhead & Sportster history

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Harley Davidson Panhead history

After the Second War had come to an end in 1945, there was a demand for motorcycles in the USA. all, men returning from the war looking for adventure of a peaceful At first, large numbers of machines, some of them new, were sold off to people, thus temporarily the demand.

The army sold a of 15,000 WLA models with the big V-twin engine for 450 dollars and the XA Boxer machines fetched 500

Many dealers bought motorcycles in large numbers and them for resale in their — either in their configuration or converted to civilian At Harley- Davidson there still large stocks of and unassembled military machines, and it was before the factory could entirely on the production of civilian again. The overall economic in the USA at this time was greatly by the total economic collapse in for an important market had been to the export- dependent American

In addition, the specter of Communism was over Europe, and the American under President Harry S. decided to give the economy of Europe a boost with the aid of the Plan. Under this Recovery Programme, considerable of America’s output of raw materials, for steel, iron, aluminum and light metals, were to Europe. At the same time, duty on finished products was

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This did not make the situation for industry any easier. In order to American companies a degree of the government guaranteed them a of raw materials equal to that they had received in the last before the war.

For Harley Davidson this was not a basis from which to itself against the pressure of from increasing imports Europe. In 1946, almost foreign motorcycles were in the USA, most of them of origin. Among the importers was a not proportion of men who had previously worked for and who knew exactly where the of their old firm lay.

However, there was also an in these imports, for they the range of machines on offer and helped to liven up the American market considerably. Under circumstances with limited of raw materials, collapsed export and strong competition on the home Harley-Davidson began only production of three pre-war the two 61 and 74 cubic inch ohv models and the 45 its side-valve engine.

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