1905 Indian  Camelback Engine no. 1420

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Lot 125
1905 Indian Camelback

Engine no. 1420

US$ 70,000 - 90,000
£ 51,000 - 65,000
1905 Indian Camelback

Engine no. 1420

The first and now legendary 1901 Indian was a chain-driven machine powered by a single-cylinder 15.85ci (260cc) "F-Head" (intake over exhaust) motor. It formed part of the "diamond frame" that sloped rearwards to act as the seat tube and represented advanced design from the get-go. The Indian single proved immensely successful and was produced substantially unchanged until around 1905, when a sprung front fork and twist-grip throttle and ignition were introduced as modern conveniences.

Engine production for Indian Motocycle was sub-contracted to the Aurora Automatic Machinery Company (who had been supplying Hendee with bicycle parts) between 1902 and 1907, while the frame and cycle parts were similarly outsourced to Thor (owned by Aurora) during the marque's early years. This interesting state of affairs resulted in the Indian single appearing in a number of different guises in the 1900s. America, Thor, Light Thor-Bred, Racycle, Reading-Standard Thoroughbred and Warwick offerings at this time were all essentially re-badged Indians –confirmation, if any was needed, of the virtues of the Hedstrom design. In competition too, the Indian single reigned supreme, winning America's first endurance run in 1902 and the first long-distance track race the following year.

The exquisite Camelback offered here – so nicknamed for the obvious position of the fuel tank –has been professionally and correctly restored to concours condition and is a stunning example of these early pioneering machines.

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1905 Indian  Camelback Engine no. 1420
1905 Indian  Camelback Engine no. 1420
1905 Indian  Camelback Engine no. 1420
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