1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929

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Lot 313
1940 Indian Military Chief Model 340B
Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929

Sold for US$ 42,550 inc. premium
1940 Indian Military Chief Model 340B

Frame no. 340929
Engine no. CDO929

• Matching numbers example
• Striking US Army livery
• Recent ground-up restoration

While the 500cc Model 741B Military Scout is best known as the Indian that went to battle, the bigger 1200cc Chief also donned olive drab and served in the Second World War, officially cataloged as the Model 340B. Approximately 5,000 of the 340Bs were produced through 1945 – as compared to 35,000 741s, 90,000 Harley-Davidson WLAs and 125,000 BSA M20s – making the Military Chief among the rarest of all WWII motorcycles. Main reason for those low production numbers is simply that the larger, heavier Chief was less wieldy off-road than the more nimble 500s and 750s. Many of the 3,000 ordered by the U.S. military were therefore destined for sidecar duty. Early in the war, France's armed forces were shipped 2,000 340Bs, some of which were lost to U-boat sinkings in transit, while others were appropriated by the Wehrmacht after Nazi occupation, repainted and issued to German troops!

This matching-numbers Military Chief, finished in typical U.S. Army livery, was restored five or six years ago by respected marque specialist Robin Markey, working out of the renowned Bob's Indian Sales & Service shop in Etters, Pennsylvania. A ground-up, nut-and-bolt restoration, it is equipped with many correct, hard-to-source period military accessories, including fender-mounted leather gun scabbard and metal ammo box, rear luggage rack, saddlebags, blackout lights and heavy-duty air cleaner.

The 340B Chief is part of the Carter Collection, an eclectic Southern California selection of motorcycles with main interests in military machines, vintage dirt bikes and milestone minibikes. Some 30 of the collection's bikes are on offer here at Bonhams' Las Vegas auction.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is CD0929B. The Title is in transit.
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1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
1940 Indian  Military Chief Model 340B Frame no. 340929 Engine no. CDO929
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