For Sale at Auction: 1952 Harley-Davidson Custom in Midland, Texas

Vehicle Description

NO RESERVE from the Estate of Gordon R. Granger

Mileage Exempt | No Odometer Present

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

Non Operable | Working Battery | Engine Cleaned | Brakes | Paint Cleaned & Buffed | Interior Cleaned | Chrome Cleaned & Polished | Wheels & Tires Cleaned

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.

Vehicle Details

  • 1952 Harley-Davidson Custom
  • Listing ID: CC-1482082
  • Price: Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Midland, Texas
  • Year:1952
  • Make:Harley-Davidson
  • Model:Custom
  • Exterior Color:American Flag
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:June21-124
  • VIN:70V988

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The Horseshoe - Midland County Multipurpose Facility
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Midland, Texas 79701
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