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Welcome to the Harley City Collection

Here you will find some of best classic and vintage motorcycles in the world with a strong focus on early Harley-Davidson motorcycles. You will also find a variety articles, stories and photographs we have collected, written or taken. Use the menu above to navigate your way around the decades and manufacturers.

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Mt Tarrengower Historic Hill Climb 2019


Another year done at Mt Tarrengower Historic Hill Climb! This year, the 90th year of the event, we brought along a special machine that just happens to be also celebrating its 90th birthday…… CLICK HERE…


1928 Harley-Davidson FHAD


Hillclimbing was a popular sport in the 1920’s and like every other form of competition Harley-Davidson built a machine specifically for it. This 1928 FHAD is a factory built hillclimber based on the 61-in….. CLICK HERE…


1941 Harley-Davidson WRTT


In the USA during 1932 Class C racing was established to take the emphasis away from exclusive and expensive factory racers to machines that had to be purchased off the showroom floor in full road trim. This worked well initially with racers buying a Harley RL 750 or….. CLICK HERE…


1929 Brough Superior OHV 680


The smaller brother to the Brough SS100 the OHV 680 was introduced in 1926 and continued the rakish lines of its sibling. Our bike left the factory on March 5th 1929. An optional Bentley & Draper sprung frame was available and was specified for this bike…. CLICK HERE…


1948 Vincent Series B Rapide


Our 1948 Series B Rapide was delivered to Elder Smith the Australian importer of the time, on 27 July 1948. Adelaide dealer Sven Kallin was the next recipient. Along its journey the original engine parted ways with the chassis probably to be used for a racing sidecar for which they were so popular….. CLICK HERE…


Smash Palace Bike Show 2018


Smash Palace Bike Show in Christchurch is an eclectic mix of vintage racers, old school choppers and homemade exotic road bikes, all finished off with a cold beer at Smash Palace! We couldn’t miss out so we jetted off for the weekend in NZ! We took a few shots so check them out… CLICK HERE…


Olive & Black


This was the first year Harley used the airflow fenders which really pulled the styling into a complete package giving the motorcycle a most handsome stance. The TNT, Y manifold engine was introduced on the 1933 VLD only and for 1934 was introduced across the VL range. Rear more…


45″ Flathead Hillclimber


When one goes to document one of the collections racers there are many resources for information available to us. Original documents, factory archives, similar examples in museums and publications featuring articles on the particular model. However on our spaghetti framed side valve 750 ‘RH’, little is available to us.
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Mt Tarrengower Historic Hill Climb 2017


A smooth winding ribbon of single lane tarmac stretches from the starting line to the top of Mt Tarrengower. The adrenaline-fueled dash lasts little more, or less, than a minute, taking all the pilot’s effort to muscle their pre-1970’s machine through the course against the clock.
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Riding our Crocker


It’s a bright clear winter’s day in Christchurch; ideal for a jaunt on a motorcycle. Not just any motorcycle but the Collections 1938 Crocker, which Rob Selby from Auto Restorations has been mechanically restoring and refining for us.
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1925 Harley-Davidson FHAC OHV


With the introduction of an expert 750cc class for Hill Climbing in 1926, Harley riders found themselves at a great disadvantage to their Indian and Excelsior rivals. The Milwaukee factory had no 750cc bike of any type in their model range.
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1927 Harley-Davidson FHA “8 Valve”


Harley-Davidson was considered late comers to the racing scene particularly in the USA. It wasn’t until 1915 that Harley produced a model for racing but in 1916 they certainly made up for that slow start.
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1930 Harley-Davidson DAR European Road Racer


Little was known of the DAR until accumulative research from enthusiasts in the USA, Germany and Australia was amalgamated about 15 years making a reconstruction of such a machine possible. At least four DAR’s were built in mid-1929 based on Harley’s alcohol burning 750cc OHV DAH Hill climber.
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