ProsThe Harley Davidson Golf cart collector would be very interested in the "classic" model. The interesting aspect of the classic model was the lift rear body feature. The idea was that the rear end of the cart was raised slightly higher than other carts. The rear frame cross brace was specifically what was raised higher. This allowed the bags to actually sit lower in the well of the rear of the cart. Most all of these classic models were of the three wheel variety.
The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) identifies the golf carts just like an automobile. On most Harley Davidson golf carts, the VIN was a small metal tag that sat just above the left side rear tire. On later electric cars you will find the number located on the wall of the battery box (behind the batteries).
ConsThe electric models have tended to be a little less popular with the collectors. A slight majority of the carts manufactured were actually the gasoline model. In 1969, Harley Davidson decided to sell the golf cart manufacturing and name to AMF. AMF was allowed to keep the name for the golf carts. Collectors tend to shy away from Harley Davidson Golf Carts after 1969 because they "really weren't Harley Davidson Products". Columbia Par Car bought the division from AMF in 1982 and soon after that the Harley Davidson name was phased out.
Full ReviewHarley Davidson Golf Carts have become extremely collectible. In large part it is because of the name that is usually associated with the 2 wheel motorcycles. Harley Davidson started making golf carts in 1963. It's the early golf carts that are the most sought after. The early carts had only three wheels. Two drive wheels in the back and one steering in the front.
The most noticeable item on the old Harley Davidson golf carts is the tiller steering handle. The three wheel carts did not have a steering wheel, it had the tiller which was actually a steel bar. Oddly enough, the most collectible of the early carts had a steering wheel instead of the tiller. There were very few of those made before about 1966 or 1967.
The Harley Davidson golf carts were manufactured as either gas or electric models. If you see a gasoline model, it is probable a 250 cc engine inside. The three wheel model and the later 4 wheel models both had the same gasoline engine. Six - 6 volt batteries powered the electric models. The 36 volt electric carts were also manufactured in the 3 and 4 wheel models.
In ClosingThe carts have stood the test of time. For those wanting one of these carts, you can still find them if you do the leg work and search around. They are still being used today. Before buying a cart, you are advised to check on the Used Golf Carts price guides that are available.