Harley-Davidson Panhead Engine: 45 Degree V-Twin 74ci with 52hp
Harley-Davidson Manual 4-Speed Transmission
Custom Chopper Style Frame
Easy Rider showcased the hippie movement and gave America a peek
into the lives of those individuals who wander the highways on the
back of a motorcycle and hence the motorcycles themselves became
characters in the 1969 film. Designed and built by Cliff Vaughs,
Larry Marcus, and Ben Hardy, (4) former police Harley-Davidson
motorcycles were purchased at auction for $500 and rebuilt into (2)
Captain Americas and (2) Billy Bikes.
Dan Haggerty was given the pieces of the wrecked Captain American
by Tex Hall after the wrapping of the film. In 1994 Dan Haggerty
was introduced to the highly respected collector of celebrity
vehicles, Gary Graham. Graham met Haggerty at his Los Angeles home
where Dan showed Gary the motorcycle still in parts. Together, they
rebuilt the Captain America bike with the intention of touring it
across America. Ownership of the bike was assigned to Graham
personally until such time as his cash investment and an additional
loan to Haggerty was repaid in full.
In 1996, monies never being fully repaid, Gary Graham contacted
Daniel Kruse and Bruce Knox of Dan Kruse Classic Car Productions
about liquidating a few of the motorcycles from his collection
including the Captain American motorcycle and two used by Ann
Margret. Dan Haggerty accompanied Gary Graham to the auction in
order to authenticate the bike. In front of a crowd of a couple
thousand people, Haggerty gave a speech both, authenticating and
verifying the history of the Captain America motorcycle. It was
sold to Gordon Granger of Austin, Texas for $63,500 on March 16,
1996 in New Braunfels, Texas.
Accompanied by (3) Letters of Authencity: Daniel Kruse, Dan
Haggerty, Gary Graham
Please Note: in the absence of Mr. Granger, we have done our best
to properly identify and describe this vehicle; however, we ask
that you remember you are purchasing this vehicle as is where is
and based solely upon your own inspection.
1952 Harley-Davidson Custom
Exterior Color:American Flag
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