1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281
Lot 202
1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project
Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281
Sold for €28,750 (US$ 36,690) inc. premium

Lot Details
1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281 1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281 1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281 1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281 1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281 1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281 1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281 1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281 1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281 1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281 1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281 1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. DCD281
1934 Indian 1,265cc Four & Sidecar Project
Frame no. to be advised
Engine no. DCD281
Marketed as the Indian Ace for 1928, the Springfield Company's first four-cylinder motorcycle had resulted from its purchase of Ace rights and tooling from Detroit Motors the previous year. Having acquired the Ace, Indian made few changes for the next couple of years before beginning to put its own characteristic stamp on the Four, beginning in 1929 with a restyle (Model 401) and following up with their own leaf-sprung front fork and an improved 1,265cc engine with five-bearing crankshaft. Introduced on June 1st 1929 on the Model 402, the latter was the biggest single change made to the motor, which retained the Ace's basic architecture right up to 1936. In 1932 the Four was restyled along the lines of Indian's other models, gaining a saddle tank, new mudguards and a stronger front fork, and would continue almost unchanged for 1933 and '34. Nothing is known of the history of this 'barn find' Indian Four motorcycle combination prior to its registration in Sweden in April 1939. Accompanying registration documents list six owners, the last of which, the late Baron Carl Sparre, acquired the Indian in 1957. The Baron died in 2001 but the machine has not been used since circa 1960. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, it represents a wonderful opportunity for the dedicated Indian enthusiast to return one of these charismatic and desirable models to its former glory.

Footnotes

  • Indian 1 265 cm3 Four plus sidecar 1934 à restaurer
    Moteur n° DCD281
    Cadre n° à venir

    Introduite sous le nom d'Indian Ace pour 1928, la première moto quatre cylindres de la firme de Springfield résultait du rachat l'année précédente à la firme Detroit Motors des droits de fabrication et des outillages de l'Ace. Après l'acquisition de l'Ace, Indian effectua quelques modifications pendant deux ans avant de commencer à introduire ses propres solutions sur la Four, débutant en 1929 par un restylage (Model 401) suivi du montage de sa propre fourche avant suspendue par un ressort à lames et de son moteur de 1 265 cm3 à vilebrequin à cinq paliers. Introduit le 1e juin 1929 sur la Model 402, ce dernier constitua le changement le plus important apporté au moteur qui conserva l'architecture de base de l'Ace jusqu'en 1936. En 1932, la Four redessinée en fonction du style des autres Indian reçut un réservoir en selle, de nouveaux garde-boue et une fourche avant plus robuste pour continuer pratiquement inchangée en 1933 et 1934. On ignore l'histoire de cet attelage Indian Four « sortie de grange » avant son immatriculation en Suède en avril 1939. Les documents joints mentionnent six propriétaires dont le dernier, feu le baron Carl Sparre, l'avait achetée en 1957. Le Baron décéda en 2001, mais la machine n'avait pas été utilisée depuis 1960 environ. Proposée « à restaurer » et vendue strictement dans l'état, elle représente une belle occasion pour un amateur passionné d'Indian de restituer à ce modèle séduisant et désirable tout son lustre d'antan.

Saleroom notices

  • A copy of the 1939 Swedish Registration is included with this lot.
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