Welcome to Harley-Davidson® of Frederick
In the early 1900's H.F. Shipley, an independent agent, posted an advertisement in "The Semi-Weekly News" soliciting order for "The new Harley-Davidson®" and invited patrons to stop in and "view the machine that has created all the talk."
In 1918, due to the high volume of interest, J. Paul Delphey acquired the first Harley-Davidson® franchise within Delphy's Sporting Goods. This franchise would encompass three generations and become the oldest Harley-Davidson® dealership east of the Mississippi. In fact, both Mr. Harley and Mr. Davidson visited the dealership shortly after it opened in 1918.
In the mid-1970s, the Delphy's wanted to explore other business ventures and made the decision to sell the franchise. Mike Vantucci, a "want-to-be dirt track racer", had pursued a few career options after college, however was very interested in purchasing the franchise. So, upon conversing with a few of his dealer friends, he and his wife, Nancy, purchased the franchise in March of 1978.