Former property of Steve McQueen
1935 Indian Chief
Frame no. 335 816
Engine no. CCE 816
1935 Indian Chief, ex-Steve McQueen
The Indian Chief was designed by Charles Franklin for the 1922 season, and incorporated the best aspects of the company's recent hot seller, the 101 Scout. The Scout had become the American standard for exceptionally neutral handling, part of the reason they're still popular with stunt and Wall of Death riders today, and the new Chief was essentially an enlarged version, with a similar double-cradle full-loop frame, helical gear-driven primary in an oil-tight bath, and two-cam valve management. Indian touted the new model as having the handling of the 101 Scout, with the power of a Chief. In 1927 the Chief gained detachable cylinder heads, and the model had a significant redesign in 1932, after the company was taken over by the DuPont family.
Thus, in the midst of the Depression, the Indian Motocycle Company totally overhauled the chassis and styling of their range leading Chief model, with a new frame and streamlined fuel tanks which hid the top frame rail. The saddle was lower, the wheelbase longer, and the seating more comfortable via an increased spring travel. The fenders were more deeply valanced, and the new look overall was far more graceful and elegant than previous models, designed to be 'of a piece' and modern, as well as boasting a vastly increased range of color options, now that paint manufacturers DuPont were at the helm.
This beautiful 1935 Indian Chief was sold at the Las Vegas Imperial Palace Steve McQueen estate sale on November 26th, 1984, as lot #714. It comes with full documentation and proof the 'icon of cool' previously owned this machine, and represents an excellent opportunity for an Indian fan to own one of the immortal movie star's prize possessions.
- Please note that the correct frame number for this motorcycle is 8858L6 and its title is in transit.