1971 Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide "Boattail" Frame no. 2C48741H1

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Lot 172
1971 Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide "Boattail"

Frame no. 2C48741H1

Sold for US$ 8,625 inc. premium
1971 Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide "Boattail"

Frame no. 2C48741H1

Among the most collectible of post-1960s Big Twin Harley-Davidsons is the Super Glide, which set the company off in a new styling direction, the effects of which can still be seen today. The first major work by then-new styling chief Willie G. Davidson, the Super Glide would morph into the popular Low Rider series, inspiration for thousands of custom-style cruisers that would soon follow – from Harley and almost every other bike-maker.

To arrive at the FX chassis, Davidson took the Shovelhead drivetrain and main frame from the FLH, then he grafted on the sporty forks, headlight treatment and front brake from a Sportster. Buckhorn handlebars, a Fat Bob fuel tank and a one-piece fiberglass fender/seat that came to be called the "boattail" completed the look. That last element was seen as too controversial for the day's tastes and was quickly replaced with more conventionally styled pieces, making an original Boattail Super Glide a very rare piece today.

While most first-year FX Super Glides were finished in the "Sparkling America" paint scheme of red, white and blue, other color choices were available. This fully restored example wears a beautiful candy blue with black accents, making it even more rare. It has not been started since restoration and has been stored without fluids in a climate-controlled environment.

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  • Please note that the engine number for this motorcycle is 2C48741H1.
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1971 Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide "Boattail" Frame no. 2C48741H1
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