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Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Model 9-B--the "5-35" Harley
This Harley-Davidson motorcycle was known as a "5-35." It had five horsepower and 35 cubic inches of piston displacement, capping a decade of larger and more powerful motorcycle engines introduced by Harley-Davidson. The "5-35" sold for $235. The company's sales brochure touted the virtues of the new vehicle: "Greater pulling power at low speeds--more power on hills--more power for mud, sand and rough roads--violent acceleration, 40 miles an hour in 16 seconds from a standing start." Paul Edward Garber, a Smithsonian staff member, used this "5-35" as his personal transportation.

Donated in 1947 by Paul Edward Garber, who rose from objects preparator to aeronautics curator, co-founder of the National Air and Space Museum, and historian emeritus during a 72-year career (1920-1992) at the Smithsonian.
Of the more than 280 American motorcycle manufacturers once in existence, only Harley-Davidson remains.
Restored by Harley-Davidson in 1949.
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Learn more!
· "Smithsonian Perspectives: Paul Garber, a Patriarch of Flight," by I. Michael Heyman, "Smithsonian" magazine, May 1997
· Harley-Davidson

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