1939 Indian Sport Scout
Frame no. 639601
Engine no. FC1 601
While full-fendered Fours and Chiefs were the company's flagships, it was stripped-down Sport Scouts that gave Indian most of its race glory and went off to fight in World War II. No new Sport Scouts were produced after the war but the model continued to win on the racetrack and lived on for decades as many were turned into custom bob-jobs.
In fact, Sport Scout bobbers are still being built, as seen here. Touring old Mexico on his Indian Chief in 2006, the current owner discovered a down-on-its-luck '39 Scout in a barn, a true south-of-the-border barnio-encontrar. Repatriated to the U.S., it was handed over to Wisconsin's Yellow Spear Restorations where it was rebuilt as an authentic bob-job, complete with one-off side-by-side exhaust pipes and custom silver/red paint highlighted by "Miss Behave," a WWII pinup queen, appropriate as many of the original bobber jockeys were former servicemen. Yellow Spear's handiwork was such that the just-completed Sport Scout took First Place in the Period Modified class at the AMCA's Florida national rally in 2007.
Since then the owner has simply enjoyed riding the bike, which now shows a total of about 9000 miles. It was treated to a cosmetic refreshening just prior to auction. Included in the sale is an easily removable front fender for riding in inclement weather.