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Harley Powered Sports Car Should be Filed Under WTF?

Posted in Bizarre, Classic, Concept Cars, Conversion Kits, Cool Stuff, Harley Davidson by MrAngry | November 4th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

Harley Rod

Now here’s one that even threw me for a loop. You see Harley Davidson is synonymous with many things, none of which have anything to do with speed, performance and handling. Yet here we are looking at a four-wheeled roadster that is powered by a big 120 cu. in. Harley Davidson V-twin that is linked by a drive shaft to a rear mounted, sequential shift trans-axle. It’s a pretty cool little rig actually. According to the eBay ad from which these pictures stem, this little bugger was designed by a couple of retired Ford engineers and test driven by former Nascar driver Ricky Rudd. Now, I have no idea how this thing drives and performs, and just be cause it was built by a few retired engineers that still doesn’t mean it’s any good. It is definitely intriguing though.

Harley Rod

The question though is, why not use something better than a Harley engine? I mean I have no doubt that a modern day four-cylinder mill out of something like a Hayabusa would have fit in there just fine, so why begin the project with a lumpy antiquated V-twin that only revs to 5500 rpm?


Maybe it’s me, but for the $60,000 or so that the ad states this thing cost to build, I’d have preferred something like an Ariel Atom. It is one hell of a conversation piece though, I’ll give it that.

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4 Responses

  1. SNAK3 says:

    Reminds me of the prowler

  2. Set says:

    Anyone else notice the middle pic was taken at a different time in the build? Split windscreens instead of one big windshield.

  3. Shahroz says:

    that’s one of the thing on my to-do list in life….
    build my own car from scratch
    and for this car, it may have a special meaning to the creators but to the world its probably not

  4. niko mihelic says:

    I’ve made one car with Harley’s 88 engine You can see on Youtube “Harley Davidson powered car” 4.13 min. My intention was to hear harley and than it’s car for Your surprise. I’ve nothing against bikes (I own FLSTN and Moto Guzzi 750 S3 – from new). But I wanted to test if I can make The car where both positive parts will be in one: no preassure for speed, bikes sound and cars security and practicality (no helmet, a lot of space, two seats one by another…). My car is now 7 years old, I’ve done 13.000 km and ejoyed each one of them. There is nothing similar to the fillings in and with this car. It’s very stable, so also with everage acceleration speed through the corners is much higher as by most cars.
    If You intend to built one be aware just about one problem: Harley’s cranckshaft is not big and strong to last long in the car. I’ve modified it so that now it’s strong enough for car’s flywheel with the clutch (subaru legacy – my car is 4 wheel drive with reduce gears). If You look for speed there are troubles with law. To drive sports cars in the frame of law is no pleassure so Harley powered car is the only answer: You’ll never miss the speed as it’s such a pleasure to hear the Harley’s song, smell the nature and enjoy the drive as long as possible.