'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353

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'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber
Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353

US$ 100,000 - 120,000
£ 80,000 - 96,000
'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history
1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber

Frame no. 4
Engine no. M353
Unlike board-track racing with its expensive, difficult-to-maintain wooden speed bowls, hill climbing was racing at its simplest. The so-called 'slant artists' found the steepest, tallest dirt hill in their area, used lime to mark off the side boundaries, then lined up at the base and with virtually no run up, gunned themselves and their machines toward the clouds. Power, traction and the ability to keep the wildly revving bike from flipping over backwards were what counted, and whoever made it farthest up the incline the fastest won the day.

Purpose-built motorcycles like this factory Indian hill climber were the preferred tools of the trade. The potent 61ci V twin engine, running on alcohol and breathing through a special Schebler 1¼in. DLX-24 carburetor, can trace its roots back to 1920 when a works-tuned Indian Powerplus set several world speed records on the sands of Daytona Beach. Subsequently, Indian's race motors throughout the 1920s were built to 'Daytona' specification. Effective they were, too. "So potent were the Powerplus-based racers that for a while they were the fastest in the Indian stable, beating anybody's eight-valve overheads," attests marque historian Jerry Hatfield in his excellent book, Antique American Motorcycle Buyer's Guide.

While a detailed competition history of this Daytona hill climber has been lost over the years, it's known to have raced in Oregon and Washington in the ownership of Indian dealer Graham Wilkins. Not very many of these special machines were produced by Indian, perhaps as few as eight. This one has frame number 4. The engine, which has been fully rebuilt and starts and runs, bears the telltale factory Daytona fingerprints, including extra finning, large valves, a ball-bearing crankshaft, 2in. machined steel flywheels – and the oversize engine cases required by the latter two items.

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'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353
'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353
'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353
'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353
'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353
'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353
'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353
'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353
'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353
'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353
'Big Valve' ball-bearing motor, Oregon and Washington race history,1926 Indian 'Daytona' Factory Hill Climber Frame no. 4 Engine no. M353
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