1955 brochure

1955 brochure

The big news in 1955 is the introduction of the FLH super sport model.
There are also some significant engine design changes.
larger engine cases with timken main bearings, o-ring intakes, crowned pinion shaft.
other changes include a  new tank emblem design. and a oval shaped taillight painted to match fender.


Here are some great sources for detailed information about Harley Davidson’s 1955 Panhead

How to restore your Harley-Davidson by Bruce Palmer 111

Riding vintage website

the Jocky Journal web forum

hydra-glide.com The panhead and flathead site

The Harley Davidson Panhead service manual 48-57 rigid


[table caption=”1955 models” width=”1000″ colwidth=”100|50|50″ colalign=”left|left|center|left|right”]
model,engine type,actual displacement,compression,factory options,

FL sport solo,74 c.i.high compression,73.66 c.i.,7.25:1,___,

FLF sport solo footshift,74 c.i.high compression,73.66 c.i.,7.25:1,F=foot shift,

FLE sport solo traffic combination,74 c.i.high compression,73.66 c.i.,7.25:1,E=traffic comb.,
FLEF sport solo traffic combination foot shift,74 c.i.high compression,73.66 c.i.,7.25:1,F=foot shift E=traffic comb.,

FLH super sport solo,74 c.i. high compression,73.73 c.i.,8.0:1,__,

FLHF super sport solo foot shift,74 c.i. high compression,73.73 c.i.,8.0:1,f=footshift,

NOTE: the ” F denoting foot shift will not be stamped in serial number.

[table caption=”1955 models available colors” width=”1000″ colwidth=”25|25|25″
black,_____,black outside white numbers grey center red indicator,
pepper red,_____,_____,

atomic blue,_____,_____,

aztek brown,_____,_____,

anniversary yellow,_____,_____,
police white,_____,_____,
police silver,_____,_____,

hollywood green,_____,_____,