c.1943 Indian Model 741 Scout
Frame no. 741 14744
Engine no. 741 14744
A smaller Indian v-twin model, the 37ci (600cc) Scout, joined the 61ci Powerplus in 1920. The newcomer soon gained a deserved reputation for durability: 'You can't wear out an Indian Scout' becoming its advertising slogan. Contributing to this longevity was the use of gears for the primary drive rather than the customary chain, and this unusual feature would endure until 1933. A 45ci (750cc) variant was first offered in 1927 and then in April 1928 the 101 Scout appeared featuring a revised 750cc 'flat head' engine in a new, longer-wheelbase frame. This sporting model would prove an immense success for Indian, so much so that its replacement in 1931 by a heavier Chief-framed model was greeted with dismay. Introduced in 1934, the Sport Scout went some way towards retrieving the Scout's reputation, featuring a lighter 'keystone' (open) frame and European-style girder forks. During WW2's early years the Scout was produced for Allied forces in 30.5ci (500cc) and 45ci military versions, designated Models 741 and 640 respectively, before the US Army switched to the ubiquitous Jeep. The designation later changed to 741A (30.5ci) and 741B (45ci). This fully restored 'civilianised' 741 Scout comes equipped with additional instruments, rear luggage rack and fringed panniers. The machine is offered with Italian libretto.
- The Engine Number is/ Le numéro de moteur est: GDA14744
Indicating that the machine is of 30.5ci/500cc capacity.
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