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Lot 305: 1968 Harley-Davidson 1,200cc FLH Electra Glide

Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams & Butterfields (12 November 2005)

Two important events in the lengthy development of Harley’s perennial v-twin occurred in the mid-1960s when the 74 cubic-inch (1,200cc) FH and FLH Duo Glide adopted electric starting (1965) and the revised ‘Shovelhead’ engine the following year. Now known as the ‘Electra Glide’ - without question one of the most evocative names in motorcycling history – Harley’s updated cruiser featured a new frame to house the large 12-volt battery and a reshaped primary drive cover to accommodate the electric starter mechanism. H-D was unable to afford the costs of developing an entirely new engine, so made do instead with a revised top end (the ‘Shovelhead’) featuring a larger aluminium version of the Sportster ’head, an improvement that liberated a further 5bhp. The Shovelhead ’Glide continued in production for a further 18 years, gaining alternator electrics, electronic ignition and disc braking as the years progressed.

Lot Details
Auction Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams & Butterfields, Petersen Museum, Los Angeles, CA
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number305
Estimate$15000-$20000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$13500
Hammer Price (inc premium)$13500
Year1968
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Engine numberFLH8661
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