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What Year Is My Harley Davidson Golf Cart?

Last Updated on January 7, 2024 by Chuck Wilson

What year is my Harley Davidson Golf Cart? The year is 1963 to 1982 and will be listed on the serial plate. The exact year and model are easily found using the tables below. Here are the steps to finding the serial locations, translations, and corresponding charts to identify your Harley Davidson golf cart.

Harley Davidson golf carts are highly sought after as collector’s items. Since the parts are rare and usually expensive when found, it is VITAL to know the year and model of the cart you are working on.

Finding The Serial Plate

The design on these Harley Davidson golf carts was the rear end of the buggy can be lifted upward. The rear end is on a hinge and can be raised up to allow the owner to work on the engine and chassis. The company was starting to produce battery-operated vehicles at this time but were never as popular as the gas-powered type of cart. The hinge feature allowed easy access to both gas powered-engines and battery-powered carts.

Another collectible version is the older model HD with a steering wheel instead of the usual chrome tiller bar which had become common on golf courses. The most popular carts they produced were the 3-wheel versions. The older models bearing the Harley Davidson name have become very collectible, but the parts have become scarce. 

To determine the year of your cart you will need to find the serial number. On carts with a lift-up body, the specific information is located on a data plate mounted on the upper frame rail on the right or left side near the rear tire. On electric models, DE40 and MGIV without lift-up bodies, the serial number is located on a data metal plate under the driver’s seat towards the passenger side.

Harley Davidson Golf Cart DE Identification Plate Location

Reading The AMF Harley Davidson Serial Number

All carts made in the 1960s use the first two digits of the serial to denote the year and the next two are the model as in this example:


This VIN would indicate that the cart was made in 1965 and is a model D (Gas Cart)-Three-Wheeled Models. If your cart was built in the 1970s or 1980s, it will reflect this format:

7C 12234 H6

This VIN indicates it was made by Harley Davidson in 1976 (H6) and is a 4-wheel Gasoline engine model D4 (7C). 1982 was the LAST year that AMF Harley Davidson produced golf carts.

The letter H = the ’70s or J = the ’80s shows the cart was manufactured by Harley Davidson The letter C means the ’80s and D means the ’90s designating Columbia as the manufacturer. The last number indicates the year of the decade.

Harley Davidson Gas and Electric Carts
Gasoline Golf Cart
DEElectric Golf Cart3-Wheel
DFGasoline Personnel Carrier3-Wheel
DEFElectric Personnel Carrier
Gasoline Utilicar3-Wheel
DECElectric Utilicar3-Wheel
D4Gasoline Golf Cart4-Wheel (DX4 ’82 on)
DE4Electric Golf Cart4-Wheel (DEX4 ’82 on)
MG IVElectric Master Glide IV4-Wheel
1963-1969First 3 Digits XXD
First 4 Digits XXDE
3 Wheel Gas
3 Wheel Electric
1970-1979Hx (i.e. H1=1971, H3=1973, etc.)
3B3 Wheel Gas D3
4B’71-76= 3-Wheel Electric D3
’77-83= 3-Wheel Electric DE3
7C4 Wheel Gas D4
8C4-Wheel Electric DE4
8D4-Wheel Electric DE-40 76-78
1980-1982Jx (i.e. J1=1981, J2=1982, etc.)
3B3 Wheel Gas D3
4B3-Wheel Electric DE3
7C4 Wheel Gas D4
3K4 Wheel gas D4 80’s classic
8D4 Wheel electric MG IV Challenger
5K4 Wheel Gas DX4 ’82
Chart continues with Columbia/Par Car after 1983
1983-1989C3-C9 (i.e. C3=1983)
3B3-Wheel Gas D3
4B3-Wheel Electric DE3
5K4-Wheel Gas DX4
6K4-Wheel Electric DEX4
7KGas Utility
8KElectric Challenger
9KElectric Utility DE4
2L4-Wheel Gas P4G
3L4-Wheel Electric P4E
1990-1995Dx (i.e. D4=1994)
2L4-Wheel Gas P4G
3L4-Wheel Electric
5K4-Wheel Gas Classic
6K4-Wheel Electric Classic
7K4-Wheel Gas Utility
9K4-Wheel Electric Utility
2M4-Wheel Electric Shuttle
3M4-Wheel Gas Shuttle
BE4-Wheel Gas
4E4-Wheel Electric

Further identification can be done on electrical engine models by comparing the solenoid arrangement on the firewall of the vehicle. This is a broad range of vehicles and doesn’t pinpoint an exact year, but sometimes the serial tag is missing or just too corroded to be of any use.

Solenoids on the DE and DE4
1972 Through 1975 DE and DE4, 1977 Through 1982 DE-3


Model & YearWheel Base (inches)Length (inches)Width (inches)Overall Height (inches)Ground Clearance (inches)Weight (lbs.)
36 – 1965 only
1977 and Later
1977 and Later

Harley Davidson Golf Cart History

The Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company started making golf carts in 1963, the same time William Davidson joined the company. The first carts were 3-wheel vehicles and the company expanded the models to include four-wheel carts before the company was purchased by American Machine and Foundry Company (AMF) in 1969.

Elvis Presley owned a Harley Davidson golf car, not for playing golf, but to navigate the  Graceland property acreage in Memphis.

Elvis Presley’s Harley-Davidson Golf Cart

Elvis Presley’s Harley-Davidson golf cart was a 1967 model (purchased before AMF bought H-D) that was auctioned along with a 1976 Electra Glide bike to benefit Elvis Presley’s Foundation. This was a three-wheel model that was succeeded by the permanent adoption of the 4-wheel through the remainder of their cart production.

The golf bag holder on the rear of the cart was a bit of a failure in design. The clubs were mounted at a 45-degree angle out the back and had a tendency to dump the clubs when driving uphill.

In 1969 Harley Davidson’s company was acquired by American Machine and Foundry Company (AMF) and in 1971 they changed their name to AMF. Carts were first labeled with the AMF logo in 1972. AMF continued production until 1981 when Columbia ParCar purchased the Harley Davidson golf car division. Columbia dropped the Harley Davidson Name in 1982.

What else does Columbia own? In 1951 Merle and Peggy Williams started manufacturing golf carts under the name Marketeer and sold the company to Westinghouse in 1965. Westinghouse sold this division to Nordskog in 1978 and following the death of Bob Nordskog in 1993, the company was sold to U.S.Electricar. Legend Electric Vehicles purchased U.S.Electricar in 1996 and was in turn purchased by Columbia ParCar in 1999.

What Year Is My Columbia Par Car Golf Cart?

After The Harley Davidson name was dropped, Columbia continued with the ParCar.

The serial number can be found above the rear wheel under the body or under the dash on the passenger side. The year is in the last digits of the serial number.

The first two digits indicate the model:
2L – P4G Gas golf cart
3L – P4E Electric golf cart
5K – Gas golf cart
6K – Electric golf cart
7K – GU4 Gas Utility Truck
9K – EU4 Electric Utility Truck
2M – C6E Electric Shuttle

The following digits are the serial number…except the last two. These indicate the decade by letter and year by number.

Letter codes are

The last number is the year in the decade. For example: 7K21190-C5 = 1985
or 3L14456-D1 = 1991

In Conclusion

Harley Davidson is world-renowned for the iconic motorcycle, but most are unaware of the awesome golf cart line that began in the ’60s. Harley Davidson produced the golf cart for 19 years total, and the distinctive ” Classic” body style changed very little during those years. They began with a 3-wheeled machine (and later introduced a 4-wheel version). In 1963, the powerplant was a 245 cc dual cycle single-cylinder air-cooled engine that used oil mixed with gas.

The HD golf cart is now a classic piece of machine history and is considered a worthy treasure to be sought out, purchased, and restored by cart buyers, collectors, and enthusiasts alike.

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