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March 22, 2010

The Harley Davidson Confederate Edition

So, in 1977 Harley Davidson decided to do one commemorative edition after the Liberty Editons of '76.
It is now one of the rarest harleys from the AMF era, if not the rarest. Only 23 are known to exist today, amid rumors of Harley buying them and pulling the decals and changing the paint to "Save face" they are barely known of today.
Except for every person who has the 1941 to 84 Harley parts book, where there is a drawing of the tank decal with a part number. (61651-77 and 61650-77, respectively for the tank decals)
I have only heard of them and never seen one. I have never seen an ad for one, even tho my parts guru claims that they were regional, I dont know of nayone who has actually seen one.
This is one of the pix for the ad campaign that Harley did for em, not sure if anyone has EVER seen this pic! Coz as far as I know it was never in print...
They made 44 FLH Electra Glides, 228 Super Glides, 299 XLH Sportsters, 45 XLCH Sportsters and 15 XLT Sportsters, In one batch only and that was it.


Feel free to read more about em here!

12 comments:

DEADBEAT said...

Not only is the bike righteous, but look at the chick...AND THE PIPE(S)!!!

Redj said...

Very surprising ! Never heard of that before in spite of all the books i've collected over the years. Thanks Dave for the scoop of the century . If you have some more...

Kevin666 said...

I remember when Snow did an article on those in Iron Horse...

Kevin666 said...

I remember when Snow did a story on them in Iron Horse a while back...

Roadside Marty said...

I have an old issue of Iron Horse where David Snow did an article about these very bikes with a feature of a Super Glide from Virginia..I will try to find it..great reading and VERY rare!!

Squirts said...

Outstanding... Love "old timey" stories like this... Respects

DEADBEAT said...

I remember when I did snorted snow and worked on my bike into the wee hours of the morning, ready to blast off south of the border...what?

cro said...

I know a cat in the woods in central Florida that has one. He's been offered stupid money, but he aint letting it go.

Black Dog said...

the old freedom harley davidson dealership in massillon ohio sold 3 of em as far is i know. where they are is anybody's guess

Jules said...

thought you might like this, heres an original tank for sale on ebay. Jules

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/H-D-Sportster-Rebel-Edition-Gas-Tank-with-Decals_W0QQitemZ250607091927QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotorcycles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item3a5958c0d7

JoeSmithEarlyFord said...

South Richmond Harley-Davidson did the unthinkable and put that bike on a shirt. They even got Robert E. Lee sitting on it past the Motor Company. It wasn't easy...

Rodney robinson said...

I have a 1977 xlt all stock exept paint does anyone know how to tell if it was a confederate or not the vin# is 2g30309h7 any info on this bike would be nice thanx