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1948 Harley-Davidson Panhead

Date Published:
24 Jul 2019

This 1948 Harley Davidson EL Panhead is a survivor. Purchased by the first owner new after his return from the war, this 1948 Harley EL is ready for a new curator. The motorcycle comes with pictures detailing its adventures through the years with the one owner. There has been very little change to this motorcycle over the years and it has only accumulated 57,291 miles. In the early seventies the chrome on the motorcycle was painted black. Good chrome exists under the paint which has now started to chip. The paint flicks right off revealing the original chrome as pictured in the original photographs. Check out the air cleaner. Any idea what the owner did in the war? The paint on this motorcycle appears to be original paint. All sheet metal and accessories also appear to be original on this incredible survivor. Fluids flushed and engine serviced, this motorcycle starts on first ignition kick and idles right out. Smooth and sure through the gears, it is time for this machine to show proudly on the next ride or show. Mileage: 57,291 miles on a working odometer Paint: paint appears to be original except for the black that was painted over the chrome in the 70’s. It is in excellent condition and may polish up a bit. Minimum chips and scratches. Sheet metal: Sheet metal is all original. No dents or dings to speak of. Tanks are complete and secure. No blisters underneath and minimum rust inside. Chrome: All chrome was painted black for some reason which has protected the chrome over the years. The black paint is now easily flaking off. Tires and Rims: Rims are painted black with cadmium spokes Front Tire is Avon 500 X 16 Rear Tire is Avon 500 X 16 Mechanical: This motorcycle is in excellent mechanical condition. A full service was performed when it came out of storage. Battery installed, new points, carburetor cleaned and this is a sound machine. Smooth and sure through the gears, clutch perfectly adjusted.The motorcycle has just undergone a complete mechanical review and is ready for the riding season. New brake pads installed, all grease spots cleaned and re greased. Engine # 48 EL 2603