c.1913 Indian 7hp Big Twin Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 92E870
Lot 108
c.1913 Indian 7hp Big Twin Motorcycle Combination
Registration no. DS 9701 Engine no. 92E870
Sold for £ 28,750 (US$ 40,091) inc. premium

Lot Details
c.1913 Indian 7hp Big Twin Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 92E870 c.1913 Indian 7hp Big Twin Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 92E870 c.1913 Indian 7hp Big Twin Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 92E870 c.1913 Indian 7hp Big Twin Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 92E870 c.1913 Indian 7hp Big Twin Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 92E870 c.1913 Indian 7hp Big Twin Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 92E870 c.1913 Indian 7hp Big Twin Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 92E870 c.1913 Indian 7hp Big Twin Motorcycle Combination Engine no. 92E870
c.1913 Indian 7hp Big Twin Motorcycle Combination
Registration no. DS 9701
Engine no. 92E870
• Imported in 1992
• An older restoration
• Pioneer Certificate (copy) on file

Oscar Hedstrom and Oliver Hendee, both active in the cycle racing world, got together to found the Hendee Manufacturing Company and build the first prototype Indian motorcycle in 1901. That first machine was powered by a single-cylinder, 'F-head' (inlet over exhaust) engine that formed part of the 'diamond' frame, in the Indian's case it sloped rearwards to act as the seat tube. An advanced feature in motorcycling's early, pioneering days, chain drive was used by Indian right from the start.

The Indian single proved immensely successful and provided the basis for the first of the powerful, large-capacity v-twins for which the marque is best remembered. Indian's first, 38.61cu in (633cc) v-twin appeared in 1907 with an engine clearly derived from that of the single, though mechanical inlet valves - introduced for 1908 - were an early improvement. The twin's rear cylinder continued to form part of the frame until 1909 when a loop frame of the type favoured by rivals Harley-Davidson was adopted. The Springfield company's first 'Big Twin' debuted that same year displacing 60.32cu in (988cc). In 1911 Indian broke new ground yet again with their ohv four-valves-per-cylinder racers, and then in 1913 the Big Twin was up-dated with Indian's innovative, leaf-sprung, swinging-arm frame. At the end of 1915 the Big Twin (by this time equipped with a three-speed countershaft gearbox and displacing 998cc) was superseded by a new 'flat head' v-twin - the Powerplus - thus bringing to an end a noble line.

This Indian motorcycle combination was imported and/or first registered in the UK in 1992 and acquired by the current vendor in April 2014. An older restoration, it has deteriorated since and now requires further refurbishment. The machine's mechanical condition is not known and thus it is sold strictly as viewed. It comes with a large history file containing a substantial quantity of photocopied historical and technical literature; a selection of 'as found' and post-restoration photographs; parts list; an old-style V5 (part); expired MoT (1993); current V5C; and a photocopied Pioneer Certificate (number '1378') issued January 1993.

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