Tonka Harley Davidson Box Van DeSalle Collectible
Images courtesy Gary Hancock collection
The story goes something like this. Harley Davidson celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003. Coincidently, Ford Motor Company also celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003. But I digress. 100 copies of the Harley Davidson box van were to be manufactured. However, it is believed that a quantity of less than 100 actually made it to collectors. The word on the street is all of the i's were not dotted or t's crossed in whatever the agreement was between DeSalle Promotions and Harley Davidson. DeSalle Promotions began making trucks but production was halted and the 100 piece run was not completed. In over 10 years of looking through auction sales, want ads, etc., the lowest serial numbered HD box van found so far (February 2014) is #51. It was brought to my attention by Jamie in Connecticut who is the second owner of #51. It is not known if serial numbered chassis were randomly selected to manufacture the trucks that do exist or if production actually started with chassis #01/001. If production did start with chassis #01/001, where are the lower serial numbers? And to add to the serial number mystery, as noted in a December 2013 auction result below, chassis without any serial number also exist.
I've seen three Certificate's of Authenticity associated with the Harley box van. Two of the certificates were like example #1 below. The other was like example #2 below, black print on silver, scalloped edged paper stock. Very minimalistic. None of the three were signed by Don or Barb or their crew as was common practice on COA's accompanying trucks in other series.
Certificate of Authenticity Example #1
COA Variation Example #2
Packaging for HD Box Van
Value: A mint Harley Davidson box van, serial #85 stamped into the frame, with its shipping carton and Certificate of Authenticity, sold on eBay for $800 USD in mid December 2013. NOTE: This truck was sold by its original owner who noted the truck, as received from DeSalle, did not come with the die cut foam packaging but with white paper.
Value: A Harley Davidson box van in excellent condition, NO SERIAL NUMBER stamped into the frame, no COA and no shipping carton, sold on eBay for $699 USD in mid December 2013.
Value: A Harley Davidson box van in mint condition, serial #073 stamped into the frame, with its shipping carton and Certificate of Authenticity, was a no sale on eBay in early January 2014. The BUY IT NOW price was $2000 USD.
Value: A Harley Davidson box van in perfect (seller's words) condition, NO SERIAL NUMBER stamped into the frame, no COA and no shipping carton, sold on eBay for $380 USD in early April 2015.
Value: A Harley Davidson box van in mint condition, NO SERIAL NUMBER stamped into the frame, with its shipping carton, no COA, sold on eBay for $699 USD in mid September 2015.