1956 models

 

1956 sales brochure

1956 sales brochure

1956 engine changes include redesigned right crankcase allows oil to be  routed to the top end through an oil pump check valve.
cylinder heads now  have 9 fins on push rod side.
the  FLH gets a bigger cam with higher lift and shorter duration called the victory cam.
The oil tank gets a red v decal on both sides.

Here are some great sources for detailed information about Harley Davidson’s 1956 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

1956 models
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.

1956 models available colors
paint stripes speedometer
*black _____ Warner speedo is redesigned with italic "Day-Glo" green numbers and hash marks with gold painted center
*pepper red _____ _____
*atomic blue _____ _____
*champion yellow _____ _____
P police white _____ _____
P police silver _____ _____
*flamboyant metallic green _____ _____
white _____ _____
pepper red/white tank panels _____ _____
black/champion yellow tank panel _____ _____
atomic blue/champion yellow tank panels _____ _____
* flamboyant metallic green/white tank panels _____ _____

*= extra charge

* =standard color could be ordered without tank panels at no extra charge.

P =police only