Harley-Davidson Evel Knievel Stratocycle
The motorcycle, custom built on a modified 1976 Harley XLCH Sportster 1000, features a futuristic fiberglass fairing with integral wings, custom exhaust ports, and sports a red, white and blue eagle-motif paint scheme. Ridden by Knievel in the daring rescue sequence when he breaks his mechanic friend, played by Gene Kelly, out of the mental hospital.
Its unique and dramatic appearance prompted a toy version of the Stratocycle to be made by Ideal Toy Company (the most valuable and collectable of all Evel Knievel toys). The provenance of this motorcycle is exceptional: it comes with original California registration card issued for (VIN# 4A20750H6) from “AMF Harley Davidson MTR Co.” to “Warner Bros. Inc.” and an original invoice from Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc., dated 8-14-78, selling the motorcycle following the production to “Rich Budelier Company” (the Los Angeles Harley dealership which provided the motorcycles for the film) with the following notation: “Used in Evil [sic] Knievel Movie. To be sold for $500. No freight per Tom Bolfert…4A20750H6 Note 1976 bike.” (Tom Bolfert was the ex-head of archives for the Harley-Davidson Motor Co.)
The motorcycle has undergone cosmetic restoration; the Plexiglas windscreen and alloy wheels have been replaced to bring it back to screen appearance. Measures 96 in. long x 60 in. wide x 54 in. tall. Sold on a Bill of Sale. This is the only known film-used, stunt-ridden motorcycle by Evel Knievel to reach the auction block. Worthy of inclusion in the finest collections of Motorcycles and Americana.
Source: Profiles in History press