1938 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead – Castoro Col

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Buy it Now Price: $150,000 Price Range: $135,000 to $142,500 Inquire About this Motorcycle


This 1938 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead was featured in the 2019 Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction. This exquisite motorcycle was part of the MC Collection of Stockholm. This 1938 EL Knucklehead was restored for the museum by Fredrik Lange of Gothenburg Sweden under the supervision of Ove Johansson of the MC Collection.

This historic motorcycle was part of the Robert Castoro collection and is being liquidated by his estate. This EL Knucklehead is in the same quality appearance as it was presented in the MC Collection and at The Mecum auction. The motorcycle has not been started or ridden. It remains in dry storage for preservation.

Sold on a bill of Sale and includes paperwork provided to the auction house for the sale.

Go here to view the Mecum posting: https://www.mecum.com/lots/LV0119-362341/1938-harley-davidson-knucklehead/

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Unknown. We do not believe that the motorcycle has been operated since it resided in the MC Collection. 4 miles showing on the odometer.


Excellent paint and paint prep with the correct scheme for 1938.

Sheet Metal

Sheet metal is in great shape with no dings or dents.


Good condition.


This powerplant has not been ridden or started while in the care of the current owner. It is as delivered from the MC Collection. We do have a picture of the bike being presented to a buyer on a street scene which would indicate that it was a runner at the time. Rare and correct 1938 transmission is in the motorcycle which was noted during a technical inspection by knowledgeable knucklehead collectors at the auction. They could not find any non-correct parts on the bike.

Wheels & Tires

Rims: Original steel rims painted black with cadmium plated spokes and nipples & spokes.
Front Tire: Coker 400 X 18
Rear Tire: Coker 400 X 18


Sold on a bill of sale
Engine # 38 EL 2162
Frame # NONE N/A
Belly Number Match

Valuation Resources

NADA: "https://www.nadaguides.com/Motorcycles/1938/Harley-Davidson/EL-61ci/Values"
Excellent : $66,325
Very Good $35,545
Good $20,105

Hagerty Value Guide: "https://www.hagerty.com/apps/valuationtools/1938-Harley~Davidson-EL"
• #1 Concours $124,000
• #2 Excellent $87,800
• #3 Good $61,800

Mecum Auction 2019: Suggested range $90,000 to $120,000
Sold at hammer price of $120,000 with a total sale of $132,085

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