Original California yellow plate, three owners from new
1947 Indian 74ci Chief and Princess Sidecar
Engine no. CDH 4717
In 1940, Indian debuted their new streamlined 74 cubic inch Chief. The motorcycle featured their Spring Cradle Frame consisting of a set of plunger shocks on the rear of the frame and a new set of girder front forks with a Monroe hydraulic shock absorber. The leaf spring front fork that was an Indian signature since 1910 was finally gone. The chassis was remarkably comfortable and gave the Indian a step ahead of Harley-Davidson who did not offer full suspension until 1954. The engine was Indians reliable 74 cubic inch sidevalve engine now updated with improved cooling capabilities and oiling system. However the companys landmark styling set the motorcycle world on its head with beautifully streamlined skirted fenders. Even today, nothing gathers attention quicker than an Indian Chief with its stylish fenders. Complementing the motorcycle, the owner who wished to travel with a passenger in complete comfort and isolated from the elements, could purchase Indians new streamlined Princess sidecar. Styling of the sidecar matched the graceful Indian Chief, and added a pampered dimension to motorcycling.
This Indian Chief was purchased in 2001 from the original owner, and a complete restoration was completed. Mechanically, the engine was restored and oversized pistons installed. The finish is a beautiful gloss black on the motorcycle and sidecar, and fresh chrome plating completed the restoration. The current owner from 2004 has only used the motorcycle for a few miles since that time. It has been stored in a climate controlled garage and started monthly to ensure its excellent running condition. The motorcycle was recently inspected by Burnett Motors, and any maintenance issues were addressed.
This Indian motorcycle is presented with a late model 1948 engine, front forks and frame. Fenders, side stand, oil pump, speedometer and instrument cluster are authentic for 1947. Other details include a 1948 headlight, 1948 generator and regulator, reproduction gas caps, and the nose of the sidecar has been modified. The throttle, spark advance and hand shift have been reversed for riders more comfortable with current controls. The cylinders and engine finish display average use of this collector motorcycle. The original 1947 California license plate is included in the sale.
This Indian Chief is very presentable for the discriminating owner who prefers the pleasure of owning, riding and touring on the stylish skirted fender motorcycle. It is mechanically very sound and ready for the open road. With the comfortable Indian sidecar, your rides will double your pleasure with a companion.