You have to give Harley Davidson credit, even over a century ago, they built a pretty reliable machine, this 1912 Silent Gray Fellow, 104 years later, is still a runner! The machine is not one of those completely restored beauties, it’s exterior color is rust, or as the seller calls it, “earth.” For the early Harley collector, that’s exactly the right finish. Once you start restoration, it’s very easy to go wrong and you can’t get original back once it’s gone.
The Silent Gray Fellow Model 8A, has a 31 cubic inch single cylinder engine. The power is driven through a leather belt to a rear belt wheel that freewheels until you move a hand lever under the seat to engage a clutch which then drives the rear wheel. The hard tail frame relied on springs under the seat to cushion the jolts of the road.
Sure, some of you may look at a motorcycle like this and think, “no way,” but to the Harley collector and investor, it’s a classic diamond in the rough and will bring a surprisingly high sale price.
Restore it or leave it as is? The buyer will have to make that choice, but either way, this is a real American original and it’s for sale on eBay.