To find a Harley Davidson Golf cart in pristine condition is truly a find. You will find Harley Davidson Golf Cart collectors all over the United States. The Harley Davidson company started building golf carts in 1963. They started out building both gas golf vehicles as well as electric cars.
The first Harley golf cars where three wheeled. The cart had 2 rear wheels and one center wheel in the front. The cart had a unique steering bar that was used instead of a steering wheel. This steering handle is actually called a tiller steering wheel. The three wheeled carts are less stable on hard turns than their four -wheeled cousins but the unique look of the cart make collectors salivate when they see a nice one. The electric carts were actually less popular and thus there are fewer of these carts in existence today.
The rear end on some of the carts were raised to give the cart a deep well. This well is where the golf club bags were placed. This particular model is known as the “Classic”. These models also had only three wheels. Although the back was raised, this should not be confused with the lifted golf carts you sometimes see today.
HD did eventually migrate their designs to the more common and stable four wheel design that we typically see today. At the time of the four wheel design, Harley Davidson did something unique with the body design. They allowed the rear end of the body to be lifted upward for servicing the engine. Essentially the rear of the cart was on a hinge. It was at about this time that Harley Davidson got back into the battery powered engines again.
Harley Davidson golf cart parts are still out there. Collectors may have to scour the eBay listings or hit the flea markets but they can be found. Additionally old carts have been relegated to the scrap heap but some have been left in tact with the idea of taking parts from them to be used on restoration projects. In addition to the old parts, some newer ones have been fabricated to retro-fit on the carts.
A two cycle, 250 cc gasoline engine was used in both the four-wheelers and three wheeler models of Harleys carts. 6 – six volt batteries powered the 36 volt battery model. The carts themselves sell for about $200-$500 in poor condition. The key is trying to find the Harley Davidson golf cart parts that may be needed to finish the job.
The End of Harley
In 1969 Harley sold their company to American Machine and Foundry Company (AMF). AMF continued production until they sold the cart division to Columbia Par Car in 1982. You will hear some Harley Davidson carts referred to as a AMF Harley Davidson Golf Cart. Those carts were manufactured in the 1969 to 1982 time frame.
The attraction for HD carts started to fade and production stopped ultimately in 1982. Since then, several companies have produced cheap quality Harley-Davidson golf cart replicas. For those wanting a an original, it is highly advisable to look into having an expert in golf cars look at the cart first.
Today people drive these street legal carts around golf courses and retirement villages. Owners are a still buying golf cart accessories for Harley Davidson Carts as many of these carts are still actively used. The restoration of these carts are not only fun but rewarding. There really is not a lot to a golf cart and the restoration of a HD car is not only fun but a fairly easy project. It is certainly much easier than trying to restore an automobile.