The model line up is not changed in 1959. A new dash design for foot shift models includes a green neutral position light
New gas tank emblems called “arrow flight” emblems are designed.

59 brochure
59 brochure


 Here are some great sources for detailed information about Harley Davidson’s 1959 Panhead

How to restore your Harley-Davidson by Bruce Palmer 111

Riding vintage website

the Jocky Journal web forum The panhead and flathead site

The Harley Davidson Panhead service manual 58-59

1959 models

modelengine typeactual displacementcompressionoptions
FL sport solo74 c.i.high compression73.66 c.i.7.25:1
FLF sport solo footshift74 c.i.high compression73.66 c.i.7.25:1F=foot shift
FLH super sport solo74 c.i.high compression73.66 c.i.8.0:1
FLHF super sport solo foot shift74 c.i.high compression73.66 c.i.8.0:1F=foot shift

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

1959 models available colors

*blackWarner speedo with italic “Day-Glo” green numbers and hash marks with gold painted center
*calypso red
*skyline blue
*hi-fi red
*hi-fi turqouise
birch white
police silver

*standard paint is two tone with standard color tank top and birch white side panels.

*extra cost hi-fi red and hi-fi turqouise.

* standard solid color could be ordered at no extra charge.


1948 panhead black paint color

calypso red

skyline blue

hi-fi red

hi-fi turqouise

birch white

police silver

1948 panhead police silver paint color