1946 Indian 74ci Model 346 Chief Sportsman
Frame no. 3463157
Engine no. CDF3157
74ci sidevalve V-twin engine
Four-speed tank-shifted manual transmission
Twin-spring girder front fork and coil compression rear suspension
Front and rear mechanical drum brakes
-Exquisitely and correctly restored
-The epitome of post-WWII American motorcycle style
-Well optioned and finished
The Model 346 Chief
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 benefited 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.
The Motorcycle Offered
Three variations of the Chief were offered to riders of 1946, the stripped down Clubman, the Sportsman with limited accessories and finally the Roadmaster with many touring accessories. The Sportsman was nicely turned out with chromed safety guards front and rear as well as a choice of the two-person Chum-Me saddle or the solo seat featured on this machine. Additional accessories fitted on this Chief included the horizontal accessory bar across the front fork with the auxiliary spotlights as well as the classic skirted fenders that have become a hallmark of the model.
This Chief was once part of the respected Steve Saslow collection of American motorcycles. It was in his care that a comprehensive and correct restoration was undertaken by Gary and Bob DeVincent of Provo, Utah while rebuilding of the engine and transmission were completed by Bills of Brunswick, Pennsylvania. Since completion of the restoration in 2005 the bike has only seen a few miles of use.
Beautifully finished in black with all that glitters slathered in chrome, this Chief Sportsman is surely the Cadillac of motorcycles. Full fendered and oozing with style, it would certainly make for a fun and comfortable back road cruiser.