If I was going to buy a Harley, this would be the bike. I think the early Sportster truly captures the essence of the 60's American hot-rod culture. It's a raw, primal machine with the only the bare necessities.
Almost from the model's debut, riders wanted higher performance and meaner looks for the XL Sportsters. America's response to the British invasion, the '62 went down the 1/4 mile in 14.3 seconds - establishing the Sportster as the King of the Hill.
First offered in 1958, legend insisted that the last two letters in the model name stood for "Competition Hot." Delivered as an off-road scrambler with bobbed rear fender and the peanut gas tank borrowed from the 125cc Hummer, the CH was a good 40 pounds lighter than the road model. All XLs got bigger valves and more horsepower that year, but the CH's power-to-weight ratio was superior. Overnight the scramblers sprouted lights, giving riders one of the hottest bikes on the street.
By 1962 lights had become standard equipment, the headlamp with its now-iconic "eyebrow" mount.
This remarkably well-preserved example came out of Willi Marewski's museum in Florida and has the Akront aluminum rims as well as the rare hi-mount exhaust. The current owner had originally planned to restore the machine, but it's been on display in his collection since its acquisition.
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The machine is located in Whitby, Ontario, Canada (just east of Toronto). We can assist with world-wide shipping - our customers have used the following companies with very good results:
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