1939 Harley-Davidson Model EL "Knucklehead"
The first EL Model was produced in 1936 and featured a 61-cubic inch, overhead-valve V-twin engine, which was later nicknamed the “Knucklehead” because the rocker covers resembled clenched fists. The model drew great enthusiasm because of its better performance over previous models and further development of the engine for 1937 spurred sales even more. Styling changes for 1939 included a new paint scheme, streamlined “cat’s-eye” instrument panel, “boattail” rear light, and stainless steel fender trim. The popularity of the Knucklehead is credited with aiding Harley-Davidson’s recovery from the Great Depression.
Collection of David Hansen, The Shop