1952/3 Indian Chief Frame no. CSG1071 Engine no. CS61071
Lot 317
1953 Indian Chief Frame no. CS61071 Engine no. CS61071
Sold for US$ 32,200 inc. premium
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1953 Indian Chief
Frame no. CS61071
Engine no. CS61071
Is there a more iconic shape in American motorcycling than a skirted Indian Chief? Those big valanced fenders are unmistakable; then as now, they set the bike apart from anything else on the road. For a style so associated with a brand, it's surprising that the fenders didn't make their appearance until 1940, some 39 years after the company's founding. Indian went all-in on the design, outfitting Scouts, Chief and Fours with the new tinware. After World War II only the Chief made a return, supposedly a stop-gap measure until lighter, more advanced models came online. But a series of financial and engineering missteps doomed the company and Chiefs were still being sold when the Springfield, Massachusetts factory shut its doors in 1953.

This very original example from the Hobday collection with original paint and tires wears a rare windshield mount with illuminated ends, correct Linkert M352 carburetor, and the telescopic forks that added a touch of modernity to the venerable Chief in its last years.

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