1947 Indian Chief
Engine no. CDG6156 B
While the model name had been around since 1922, it wasn't until a 1940 restyle that the Indian Chief would arrive at its final shape. With its skirted fenders a Chief is one of most recognizable motorcycles on the road; it's no wonder the styling has never left us and even now an up-to-date Indian Chief is being readied by the brand's new owners, Polaris Industries.
When production was restarted after the war, the Chief benefitted from the longer-travel girder fork first fitted to the Indian 841 Army bike. The rear suspension was improved to match, with softer springing that gave a Chief a better ride.
This 1947 Chief was owned by the late Lawrence E. Lattin, one of several motorcycles from his collection on offer here. Mr. Lattin, a Seattle resident, was a passionate collector of motorcycles, automobiles and boats. In fact his career path started with restoration of antique yachts, which led to his founding two prominent marine businesses. In the 1980s he was drawn to the emerging wireless telecommunication field, starting CLC Communications, a successful operation that was eventually bought out, giving Mr. Lattin more time to spend with family, friends and his beloved boats, bikes and cars.
- Please note that the frame number for this motorcycle is 3476156, and it is titled under its engine number.