2005 Australian International Motor Show Sydney Auction
Lot
21

1983 Harley-Davidson FLHPB Electra Glide 'Police Special' Motorcycle

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Specifications

Engine Twin cylinder, 80-cid
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Colour Cream

Description

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With a history of equipping the American police forces with motorcycles dating back to 1908, Harley-Davidson were offering police option packs by the 1930s on their Big-Twin models and the first specific model built for law enforcement arrived in 1974.
The FL-Police was basically an Electra Glide with the 74-inch Shovelhead engine but with a Stewart-Warner specially calibrated speedometer for catching offenders and became the standard issue police motorcycle across the country for years. Particularly famous were the California Highway Patrol bikes celebrated in countless movies and television series but the reality of police work was more mundane - for example, the Police Specials boasted lower compression for the long hours spent at the wheel and in particular, running on idle.
The Shovelhead FLH series evolved constantly until its demise in 1984 and the bike on offer here is one of the last examples made of this classic Harley-Davidson cruiser.