The primary body style for the LE sidecars did not change from '36-'66. The fiberglass body that replaced it is totally different so no mistaking it.
The only differences in the bodies have to do with holes for side trim or not, tonneau cover, windshield, spare carrier, or not! All those things can be added or subtracted as desired. There are a few minor differences on fenders and taillights over the years. If ordered with a taillight it would match the year of the bike so holes were consistent with correct taillights. The later fenders and replacement types are missing the front half of the braces.The step changed from cast iron to aluminum in '47. In '58 the brakes changed to match the new hydraulic unit on the bike, so crossshafts and linkage disappeared and the front and rear mounts for the bike changed as well. The swingarm frame mounts have an extra piece to replace the missing frame loops and a single stud mount for the swingarm itself. The frame changed again in the '70s and the rear casting is chopped off.
The LT sidecars for VLs were sometimes added to early Knuckles and UL/ULHs. There was a factory kit to adapt them but it is uncommon and the sidecar itself is the old style and would be serial numbered as such.
There were also aftermarket sidecars such as the Goulding Rocket for Big Twin Harley-Davidsons among others.
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