1952 models

In 1952  big additions to the model line up where the ELF and FLF  foot shift models which required the addition of the hand clutch booster otherwise known as the “mouse trap”  EL,ELS,FL and FLS models continued,

Also in 1952. the 32e generator was upgraded to the model 52 2 brush 6 volt. A check valve and screen were added at the side of the rear tappet guide into the oil passage leading to hydraulic lifter units to filter oil before entering hydraulic lifter units and preventing oil in overhead passages from draining back. Exhaust valves were Parkerized to prevent corrosion.

1952 sales brochure

1952 speedometer

1948-1952 speedo
1948-1952 speedo

This speedometer is used from 1948 to 1952

 

harley davidson gas tank emblem 1951-1954
1951-1954 emblem

Here are some great sources for detailed information about Harley Davidson’s 1952 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

1952 models

modelengine typeactual displacementcompressionfactory options
EL  sport solo61 c.i.high compression60.32 c.i.7.0:1
ELS  sidecar twin61 c.i.high compression60.32 c.i.7.0:1S = sidecar gearing
ELF sport solo foot shift61 c.i.high compression60.32 c.i.7.0:1F = foot shift
FL  sport solo74 c.i.high compression73.66 c.i.7.0:1
FLS side car twin74 c.i.high compression73.66 c.i.7.0:1S = sidecar gearing
FLF  sport solo foot shift74 c.i.high compression73.66 c.i.7.0:1F = foot shift

NOTE: the ” S denoting sidecar gearing will not be stamped in serial number.

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

1952 models available colors

paintstripesspeedometer
blackBluish gray center. cream white mph numbers. red indicator
persian red
rio blue
tropical green
police silver
marine blue metallic
white
bronco bronze metallic

black

1948 panhead black paint color

persian red

rio blue

tropical green

police silver

1948 panhead police silver paint color

marine blue metallic

white

1948 panhead police white paint color

bronco bronze metallic