Back in 1922 the Indian range was extended by the introduction of a new, Scout-based 61ci (1,000cc) flat head V-twin called the Chief – the first of a line that would endure for 31 years. Constantly developed over its tenure, from new frame, forks, dry-sump lubrication, coil ignition, rear suspension and the like, the Chief quickly became one of the most legendary motorcycles in the world, particularly after 1940 when it was clothed in those now iconic Art Deco-style valanced fenders.
This particular matching numbers motorcycle is quite special in that its interesting history has allowed it to remain completely original, down to its Seafoam Blue paint.
Put into storage in an old gristmill in Quebec in 1973, it emerged 30 years later when it was purchased by noted Quebec Indian mechanic and collector Barry Brown. During Brown's ownership a complete mechanical rebuild was performed with emphasis on keeping the bike as original as possible. Everything internally and externally was carefully inspected, rebuilt or replaced, including the generator and wiring harness. This exhaustive process was carefully documented with all pictures placed on a CD (included in the sale). Additionally, all the original parts that were replaced during the rebuild have been kept, such a transmission components and the original chummy seat and accompany the bike.
Described as in very good mechanical condition, the bike has been on display and drained of fluids for the past four years. With its host of original items still in tact, like the Indian scripted fog lights and mirrors, taillight, Indian head fender light, fender tips, factory accessory Indian head gear shift knob, and Buco-style saddlebags, not to mention the paint job, this highly original, highly useable Chief is sure to impress.