Harley-Davidson's Forgotten Legacy: The Rise of Their Golf Carts as Collectibles

A golf cart doesn't exactly evoke feelings of speed and power. It exists for a singular purpose: gently ferrying players across the smooth, easy greens of a golf course to retrieve wayward balls. Harley-Davidsons, on the other hand, conjure images of freedom and daring, speeding down the road—not meandering across a lawn in a private club at 15 mph. Yet, in 1963, Harley-Davidson did just that by producing their own three-wheeled version of the golf cart, a striking move for a company renowned for motorcycles.

The 1963 Harley-Davidson golf cart sported a black and orange frame, a 245 cc dual-cycle single-cylinder air-cooled engine, a steering bar instead of a steering wheel, and a rear body that lifted to reveal the engine compartment, according to Golf Cart Garage. This design quickly gained popularity with golfers, and throughout the 1960s and 70s, many Harley-Davidson golf carts could be seen zipping around courses, likely upstaging other carts.

The design remained consistent for years, with two notable changes: the addition of a fourth wheel (for some models) and the introduction of an electric-powered version. The 1969 electric model featured a single headlight, a shaped steering wheel, and storage space behind the bench seat—perfect for a motorcycle helmet. According to Classic Auto Mall, 1969 was also the last year Harley-Davidson manufactured the vehicles. After American Machinery and Foundry (AMF) acquired the brand, they continued producing carts under their name until selling the division to Columbia ParCar in 1982.

Today, these short-run golf carts are sought-after collectibles, with enthusiasts restoring them as they would any classic vehicle. Even Elvis owned one. While it may not be the same as owning a motorcycle, these rare carts certainly stand out, and owning one allows collectors to say they own a Harley.