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1951 Harley-davidson Other on 2040-motos

YearYear:1951 MileageMileage:21 ColorColor: Blue

West Plains, Missouri, United States

West Plains, Missouri, United States
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Harley-Davidson Other tech info

Engine Size (cc)Engine Size (cc):1,200 WarrantyWarranty:Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty For Sale ByFor Sale By:Private Seller

Harley-Davidson Other description



For sale is an extraordinary example of an original, unmolested early Panhead with a known history and a wealth of seldom seen historical documents, spare parts, supplies and accessories.

This bike was purchased new in 1951 by Mr. F.E. Steuk of Omaha, Nebraska and it remained in his possession throughout his lifetime (along with a 1951 Indian Chief and a 1951 BSA Gold Star all purchased near the same time).  Mr. Steuk’s nephew inherited the bikes and offered this one for sale about a year ago.

The bike itself is an extraordinary piece covered in period correct accessories.  Of particular note is the unmolested Rio Blue paint on the original sheetmetal (a color offered in 1951-1952).  Another unusual part is the front stand, which pivots off the sidecar loops and attaches to the engine guard (no one in our circle of restorers/collectors has seen another in person).  Other OEM features include:

  • Matching Cases Engine (VIN 51FL3983)
  • Frame 
  • 4-Speed Transmission  
  • Hydraglide Front End
  • Dash Assembly
  • Speedometer
  • Saddlebags
  • Handlebars
  • Windshield
  • Solo Seat
  • Oil Tank
  • Wheels
  • Lights
  • Horn
  • Brake and Clutch Assemblies
  • Complete Original Tool Kit

Mr. Steuk’s nephew reportedly had the engine overhauled and it’s tight, with a lot of compression.  It doesn’t appear that the bike has been ridden much in recent years, so no doubt it will need a little tweaking if someone wants to make it a daily rider.  Nonetheless, it still starts and operates in its current condition, complete with typical oil leaks, etc.

Mr. Steuk was a meticulous man and fortunately passed along an old apple box containing an amazing stash of Harley Davidson memorabilia.  In years past, it was not uncommon for riders to correspond directly with the Harley Davidson factory by letter.  Included with this sale is a letter from H. E. Hoyt of the Harley Davidson Service Department to Mr. Steuk dated December 12, 1951.  The letter details advice regarding the charging system and includes a separate copy of related notes.

The box also contains original service manuals, a rider handbook, authentic leggings, HD spark plugs, fork oil, a tube of chain grease, a fender tip and miscellaneous small parts in factory packaging.  Another neat piece is an original registration tube containing paperwork from 1967.

Inspections of this motorcycle are welcomed and encouraged.  It is sold “As Is, Where Is” with not warranties expressed or implied.

Delivery to the Labor Day meet in Davenport is available.  

Feel free to call (816) 812-3937 with any questions.


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