1915 Indian 680cc Model B
Lot 345
1915 Indian 682cc Model B 'Little Twin' Engine no. 50G946
Sold for £20,700 (US$ 34,759) inc. premium
Lot Details
1915 Indian 682cc Model B 'Little Twin'
Registration no. B 7864
Engine no. 50G946
First registered in Lancashire, this Indian 'Little Twin' was purchased by the vendor in 1994 from the son of the original owner. The latter had purchased it new in 1915 but after an unfortunate accident involving tramlines in 1918, the machine was taken off the road and put into storage. After purchase, 'B 7864' was restored over a period of approximately two years, the task being completed in 1996. As the machine had seen very little use in its early life, its mechanical condition was very good and the engine needed little work, the bearings being replaced purely as a precaution. The cycle parts, however, were another matter. As may be seen from the before-restoration photographs on file, the cycle parts required considerably more work by the vendor and various specialists to achieve the standard of restoration seen today. It is a tribute to the restoration's quality that, after 17 years of use, the Indian is still in almost the same condition as it was in 1996. Indeed, 'B 7864' was deemed worthy of an article in the August 1998 edition of The Classic MotorCycle magazine, appearing on both the front cover and centre spread (copy on file). The machine has also won the 'Best Indian' award at the Stafford Show. Since returning to the road, the Indian has seen annual use, taking part in the Banbury Run several times and seeing action at the Isle of Man Rally and other events.

Unusual in having its kick-starter on the 'British' side, the Indian also features the optional 'semi-TT' handlebars, Miller acetylene lighting set, trademark left-hand throttle twist-grip and right-hand advance/retard twist-grip. Transmission is the three-speed option with foot operated clutch. Although there is no front brake, there are two at the rear: one internal-expanding and the other external-contracting. In common with other US-made machines of the period and later, the Indian would not have had a frame number, although there is one quoted on the registration document.

'B 7864' comes with its original Indian tool kit (completeness unknown) together with a comprehensive history file. Accompanying documentation consists of the aforementioned 'before' photographs'; a selection of 'after' photographs; old/current Swansea V5/V5C; various restoration notes; sundry invoices; VMCC dating certificate; correspondence with the Indian Motorcycle Museum; reproduction sales catalogues; current MoT certificate; and a quantity of old tax discs and MoTs.
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