Comedian Dan Aykroyd says he offered to bring his Blues Brothers act to Harley-Davidson‘s 110th Anniversary celebrations but was turned down because H-D executives said the act was too old for the company’s target demographics. Aykroyd, playing the role of Elwood J. Blues with the late John Belushi playing “Joliet” Jake Blues, posted a statement […]
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Original Viva Knievel Harley Davidsons For Sale On Ebay
For sale on Ebay right now are two original Harley-Davidson Sportsters ridden by legendary stuntman Evel Knievel in the film “Viva Knievel!“ Click here to see the Ebay listing, which ends on Monday, August 12.
The first is the “Flying Eagle” Strato-Cycle, which is one of two used in the movie. The bike is complete with full documentation including original sales invoice from Harley-Davidson in 1977, which certified (with matching VIN numbers) and specifies that it was used in the Viva Knievel movie. Also included is the pink slip in the name of Warner Bros., INC. with VIN numbers that matches the sales invoice and engine and frame numbers. Lastly, photographs of the matching frame and engine numbers that match the pink slip and the sales invoice will also be included.
The second Sportster for sale was another movie vehicle, complete with custom paint and graphics. It’s in original condition and hasn’t ran since production finished on the movie. Each bike is listed for $24,000 US (or best offer).
Richard “Hutch” Hutchins, of Yucca Valley, CA, owner of the two Sportsters, also owned a Los Angeles-based Harley-Davidson dealership at the time. As he explains it, Warner Bros. purchased eight Sportsters, customized by Bud Ekins, for use in the movie. When filming wrapped, Hutchins bought all eight bikes from Warner Bros. to display in his dealership. Over the years he’s sold off the bikes, with these two being the last in his collection.
To learn more or to purchase one or both of these rare and historic motorcycles, click the listing above. There you’ll also find contact info for Hutch as well. The motorcycles are located in Yucca Valley, CA.
The estate of Marlon Brando and Harley-Davidson have reached a settlement in a civil suit over the use of the actor’s name. As reported last May, the dispute was over a leather riding boot Harley-Davidson sold as “The Brando”. The suit sought an injunction for Harley-Davidson to stop using the Brando name, and asked for […]