1941 Indian Four  Frame no. 441251 Engine no. DDA251

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 330
1941 Indian Four
Frame no. 441251 Engine no. DDA251

US$ 50,000 - 75,000
£ 42,000 - 63,000
Amended
1941 Indian Four
Frame no. 441251
Engine no. DDA251
As an unknown rubber worker at the Goodyear plant in Akron, Ohio, young, good-looking Clark Gable owned motorcycles. His appetite for bikes only increased when a few years later he was king of the box office. In fact, during the gas-rationed war years it seemed that all of Hollywood was on two wheels. Gable's studio mates, Van Johnson, Keenan Wynn, Mickey Rooney, Robert Taylor, Dick Powell and Vaughn Monroe, all rode to work. Publicity shots show Gable on a series of Indians, Harleys and at least one Britbike, an Ariel Square 4. He also owned fast, expensive cars, including Duesenbergs, so it's only fitting that the Gable garage included an Indian Four, often called the "Duesenberg of motorcycles."

At a time when most motorcycles were powered by either singles or twins, the sight of four cylinders all in a row was impressive. Indian's first Four rolled out in 1928, derived from the Ace four-cylinder design, which itself had roots back to Henderson inline-four. Engineering improvements were soon undertaken as Indian put its own stamp on the motor. By 1938 the powerplant was essentially in its final from but the stylists would take one more swing in 1940, adding plunger rear suspension, 16-inch balloon tires and those sweeping sheetmetal fenders to arrive at a motorcycle shape for the ages.

This particular 1941 Indian Four from the last year of production, one of the star's of the collection, was claimed, with no shred of evidence by Hobday to be an ex-Clark Gable machine, presented by producer Samuel Goldwyn in appreciation of the actor's good work as Rhett Butler in the blockbuster Gone With The Wind. A hand-drawn placard to that effect, perhaps lettered by Henry Africa himself, hung in the bar for many years.

Footnotes

  • Please note that the title for this motorcycle is in transit

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the title for this motorcycle is in transit.
Contacts
1941 Indian Four  Frame no. 441251 Engine no. DDA251
Auction information

This auction is now finished.

If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the motorcars department or request a complimentary motorcar appraisal.

If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

25% up to £50,000 of hammer price,
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalogue.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card for returning clients only. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

If you have requested a shipping quote, we will send this to you via email within 5 business days of the auction ending.

Please note our shipping quotes are bespoke and require special care and handling from our team and shippers. Shipping will be booked after payment is received. Please allow 7-14 business days from the time of booking for packing and dispatch, depending on your chosen shipping method. If your purchase is time sensitive, or you wish to explore other options, please see our list of alternative third party shippers in New York and Los Angeles who may be able to assist you.

If you have any questions, please contact our Client Services team.

App