April 2019 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Eugene & Mary Garcin with their 1936 Husqvarna 40SV

Make: Husqvarna
Model: 40SV
Year: 1936
Country of Origin: Sweden
Engine: 348cc Single
Transmission: 3 speed
Owner: Eugene & Mary Garcin
City: Hollywood

1936 Husqvarna 40SV

Congratulations to Eugene & Mary Garcin of Hollywood for winning Bike of the Month with their 1936 Husqvarna 40SV. Eugene & Mary won a plaque provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

This is the first Husqvarna to ever win Bike of the Month at our event. However it's Eugene & Mary's seventh win. They win almost every time they come down to OC from Hollywood.

Past Wins:
1929 BMW R63 in January 2018
1934 Cotton 500cc 25J in February 2017
1968 BMW R69US in July 2015
1952 BMW R67/2 in March 2014
1954 BMW R51/3 in November 2012
1953 BMW R68 in July 2012

Eugene & Mary picked this bike up earlier this year at the Mecum's auction in Las Vegas.

From Mecum's website:
This Model 40SV is a development of Husqvarna's 1932 series, the Model 35TV, which had a totally new and updated chassis, and an engine of Folke Mannerstedt's design.

The frame was a solid lug-and-tube design with an open cradle, although the engine and gearbox were completely surrounded by steel engine plates. The forks were growing heavier on the Webb pattern, with full electric lighting standard using Bosch equipment, and brakes were getting larger on the front and rear wheels as road conditions improved across Europe.

The motor was based on the JAP design, but it had crucial differences, including a full wet sump cast into the crankcase The Model 40SV was produced for only a single year in 1936; it had a new, wider crankcase to accommodate wider flywheels, which gave smoother running and better idling, and all bearings were now rollers inside the motor. The engine produced 9 HP at 4,000 RPM, and power was controlled by a scroll-type throttle.

The tank was chromed with a red field and gold pin striping, while some machines also had red fenders. The gearbox was a 3-speed item with a hand shift, while the wheels were 19-inches front and rear, with 6-inch drum brakes on both wheels.

The bike weighed about 265 pounds, so the performance feel was good with the 348cc motor.

Production of this one-year model is estimated at 100 machines total.

This lovely and rare 1936 Husqvarna Model 40SV retains its original Swedish title that shows it was first registered on May 28, 1936. It comes from the MC Collection and has a Husqvarna side-valve 348cc engine.

This Husqvarna's a classic, one of the factory's new generation of road machines designed by the legendary Folke Mannerstectt.
Mecum Auction Listing and Photos

Thank you Eugene & Mary for bringing your Husqvarna out for all of us to see. See all the photos in our April Gallery.
The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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