Elvis Presley had his first hit in 1956 with “Heartbreak Hotel”, made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, and was featured on the cover of the May issue of Harley-Davidson’s “The Enthusiast” motorcycle magazine.
The Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum - Panhead
Harley-Davidson produced the “Panhead” from 1948 till 1965 with the nickname coming from the distinct shape of the motor’s valve covers which resembled an upside down pan. They were originally built with either a 61 cubic inch motor or a 74 cubic inch motor but the production of the 61 cubic inch version was ended in 1952.
In 1964, Grace Haines and her husband owned Northumberland Harley-Davidson in Northumberland, PA which has some of the most picturesque riding country in the U.S. It was the last year of the 6 volt Duo-Glide kick start Panhead and it was also the year that Grace ordered her dream bike from the company that she represented.
This Harley-Davidson motorcycle was sold new at Vern McMullen’s Harley-Davidson Sales in Colorado Springs. The bike was purchased and ridden for a time by local barbershop owner, Tom Madrid.