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Thread: Going price for a 1972 AMF FLH

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    Default Going price for a 1972 AMF FLH

    I have seen a clean 1972 Electra Glide with period (1960) accessories and supposedly a rebuilt motor. (He has receipts.) What is the going price today for an AMF Harley? I have seen 66-69's now for 10-$12000. He wants more than that. What were some of the problems with them? I remember having a 1976 Electra glide I bought around 1982 and having problems keeping it running.

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    I have no idea what they are worth but in my opinion 1972 was the best of the Shovelhead FLH's. If it is original paint I could see it bringing over that. Jerry

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    AMF owned the company from 69 to 81, production went up and quality went down.
    Scroll down to the 70's to see what they are selling for - https://www.ebay.com/sch/Motorcycles...p2045573.m1684

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    The eBay sales history is only one indicator of value. Notice very few (none) examples of '72 FLHs having even been listed. Take this info with a grain of salt.

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    If you can buy 66 thru 69 for 10 to 12 you better jump on those, they are worth way more than the 70's, with the exception of the 1970.

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    Two brothers in my chapter both have picked up OP 72s in the last year. They were in the $5-7k range. Cone Shovels are never going to be worth more than Generator types.
    VPH-D

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    Jerry, Why do you consider 72 to be the best Shovelhead FLH's?

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    VPH-D Were they reliable?
    Last edited by Michael J Handel; 10-17-2017 at 08:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael J Handel View Post
    Jerry, Why do you consider 72 to be the best Shovelhead FLH's?
    Mainly due to having the best rear drum setup ever made on the rear and the first year disc on the front - finally HD was coming of age in the brake department. Even though AMF owned the company the 72's had very little problems often associated with the later AMF bikes -- 1979 was the worst. Even though AMF bought them in the late 60,s they kind of let HD run themselves for awhile. Jerry

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    '72s were not without their problems however. I replaced several engines and sets of cases due to left case cast in inserts coming loose. Some '70 and '71 models suffered the same fate but it seems that '72 was the worst. But overall the quality wasn't as bad as later years. The '73 oil pumps and hydraulic lifter issues continued for years. The EPA regs and DOT standardization caused their own issues with carbs, timing, and emissions issues.
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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