2000 Indian Chief Frame no. 5CDCNB514YG004138
Lot 230
2000 Indian Chief
Frame no. 5CDCNB514YG004138
Sold for €13,800 (US$ 16,862) inc. premium

Lot Details
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2000 Indian Chief
Frame no. 5CDCNB514YG004138
Following the demise of the original Indian company in 1953, there were sporadic attempts to revive what had been one of America's foremost motorcycle marques. The original company had been split in the early 1950s, resulting in a legal tangle that frustrated efforts to revive production and would not be resolved until 1999 with the formation of the Indian Motorcycle Corporation. The latter resumed production with, naturally enough, a v-twin, though in order to meet modern-day power and emissions requirements an overhead-valve engine was used instead of Indian's traditional 'flat-head' motor. The new Chief's air-cooled power unit displaced 87.99ci (1,442cc) and produced 75bhp at 5,200rpm. There was a five-speed transmission, belt final drive and disc brakes on both wheels. While the engineering was up-to-the-minute, the styling was unashamedly 'retro', the distinctive gas tank and 'Art Deco' fenders recalling the classic Indian models of the 1940s. Sadly, although the bikes were good, the company's financial foundations were less secure and production ceased in 2003. Currently displaying a total of only 1,320 miles (approximately 2,125 kilometres) on the odometer, this unregistered Chief was imported from the USA in May 2001 and comes with manufacturer's Certificate of Origin and importation/customs documents certifying that duties have been paid in France.

Footnotes

  • Indian Chief 2000
    Cadre N° 5CDCNB514YG004138

    Après la disparition de la société Indian originale en 1953, on assista à des tentatives sporadiques visant à faire revivre une firme qui avait fait partie des plus grandes marques américaines. La société d'origine avait été séparée au début des années 1950 en déclenchant un litige d'ordre juridique qui empêcha la relance de la production et qui ne fut résolu qu'en 1999 par la constitution de l'Indian Motorcycle Corporation. Celle-ci reprit ses fabrications
    avec, naturellement, un moteur V-twin qui, pour des raisons de niveau minimal de puissance et de respect des normes antipollution, reçut des soupapes en tête à la place des « latérales » des Indian d'autrefois. Le nouveau groupe refroidi par air de la Chief déplaçait 1 442 cm3 et délivrait 75 ch à 5 200 tr/min. La boîte à cinq rapports précédait une transmission à courroie et les roues étaient freinées par des disques. Si la partie mécanique était moderne, le style était délibérément « rétro », le réservoir et les garde-boue « art déco » caractéristiques rappelant les Indian classiques des années 1940. Hélas ! si les machines étaient de qualité, l'assise financière de la société l'était moins et la production cessa en 2003. Affichant actuellement 1 320 miles seulement (2 125 km environ au compteur), cette Chief non immatriculée fut importée des Etats-Unis en mai 2001, accompagnée du certificat d'origine du constructeur et des documents d'importation et douaniers certifiant que les droits ont été acquittés en France.

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