No, this is not Elvis Presley’s bike, but he did own a 1966 FLH (which can be seen in the movie “Spinout”) and he cruised the streets of Memphis and Hollywood with various beautiful starlets, tightly hanging on.
The 1966 FLH was the first of the Shovelheads, which were fitted with the new “Power Pack” top ends that were good for 10 more horses and promised better top-end lubrication. The Shovelheads lasted until 1984, when federal exhaust and noise emission regulations (along with fierce competition from Japan) forced their replacement by the popular “E-Head engine”, better known as the Evolution. Unique to the 1966 FLH is the fuel petcock on the right side tank (a very rare piece), and Linkert carburetor with front-mounted float bowl. The Motor Company had not yet gone to an alternator for the charging system, so the Panhead engine’s right side gears were still needed to spin the generator. For this reason, these early Shovelheads are sometimes called “Pan Shovels”, “Generator Shovels”, or “Flat Side Shovels”.
All Knuckleheads and Panheads are selling for astronomical prices, so now the early Shovelheads are becoming very collectible, even in chopper form.
This top-of-the-line Electra Glide rolled out of the red bricks on Milwaukee’s Juneau Avenue when the current owner’s dad and grand-dad worked there as a tool & die, makers. Dad even made the tool steel dies for some of the parts it wears.
The current owner of this old-school bagger added it to his collection in 1999 and has ridden less than 5,000 miles on it since then. The previous owner claimed the motor had been rebuilt top and bottom in the previous 2,000 miles. During the first ride at its new home, the exhaust smoked, so a top-end job and other needed service was done (pistons, rings, cylinder bore, valves, guides, rocker arms, tappets, clutch plates, voltage regulator, generator and brake cylinder rebuild, battery, starter clutch, oil lines, and gaskets). The Shovelhead-expert mechanic that did the work said that the bottom end was in good shape and did not need rebuilding.
This bike has a very cool faded patina that has been earned during its 50-plus years of open road adventures. There are a few chips and scratches in various places. Like a Highwayman, each scar tells a story of the past. There are some wrinkling and flaking paint on the left side fuel tank (see photo), but this can be covered with a dash panel that is 5” wide.
It’s time for a new owner to add more chapters to the long history of this road warrior.
Less than 7,000
Great patina with few chips and scratches in various places. Some wrinkling and flaking paint on the left side fuel tank (see photo).
All sheet metal is original, but it has been repainted by the previous owner.
Very good condition and takes a great shine.
This motorcycle is in excellent condition and is a 'survivor' that has been ridden and pampered. Current condition and rideability are factored into the offering.Like almost all old Harleys, it does leave its mark on the garage floor unless a pan is placed under it. It does not burn oil.
Wheels & Tires
Rims: Original steel Harley rims.
Front: 5.10 x 16 whitewall (brand unknown)
Rear: 5.10 x 16 whitewall (brand unknown)
As the photos show, the tread is in good shape.
Clear Wisconsin Title
Note: The Harley frames did not get stamped with the VIN until 1970, but the left side steering head is stamped with the "anti theft" number D356, which the factory did on Big Twin frames from 1963 - 1969.
Valuation Resource Guide
Very Good $12,615
HAGERTY VALUE GUIDES:
#1 Concours $20,000
#2 Excellent $16,000
#3 Good $12,000
Included in the sale are the stock windshield, buddy seat (but no T-bar), stock one-piece primary cover, luggage rack, and various other King of the Highway trim pieces. See Photo.