1914 Indian 8hp TT Model  Engine no. 81F763

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Lot 616
1914 Indian 8hp TT Model
Registration no. SV 5066 Engine no. 81F763

Sold for £ 27,600 (US$ 33,964) inc. premium
1914 Indian 8hp TT Model
Registration no. SV 5066
Engine no. 81F763
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, 38.61ci (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 60.32ci (988cc).

In 1911 Indian broke new ground yet again with its ohv four-valves-per-cylinder racers. The firm achieved its famous 1, 2, 3 finish at the Isle of Man TT that same year, a remarkable achievement made possible by the advantages conferred by the use of all-chain drive. The Big Twin was up-dated in 1913 with Indian’s innovative, leaf-sprung, swinging-arm frame, but time was running out for this ageing design, which was superseded at the end of 1915 by a new ‘flat head’ v-twin - the Powerplus - thus bringing to an end a noble line.

This Indian TT Model was restored approximately 10-12 years ago, while minor additions such as the folding foot-boards and white Coker tyres have been made since. In order for it to be more easily managed in modern-day traffic conditions, the machine has been modified with right-hand side throttle twist-grip and handlebar mounted clutch lever. Possessing a Pioneer certificate, ‘SV 5066’ has successfully completed the Pioneer Run on several occasions as well as taking part in local club outings. It is offered with current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document.
1914 Indian 8hp TT Model  Engine no. 81F763
1914 Indian 8hp TT Model  Engine no. 81F763
1914 Indian 8hp TT Model  Engine no. 81F763
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