1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter Frame no. 25452 Engine no. 7170/4

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Lot 102
1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter
Frame no. 25452 Engine no. 7170/4

Sold for US$ 4,140 inc. premium
1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter
Frame no. 25452
Engine no. 7170/4
Despite its innocuous name and unintimidating appearance, the Indian Papoose – complete with 98cc, air-cooled single - actually started out as an instrument of war, and a clandestine one at that! In the early days of World War 2, the UK's Special Operations Executive, charged with supporting resistance cells throughout occupied Europe, called for development of a lightweight motorcycle that could be air-dropped with an operative behind enemy lines. The work was farmed out to a secret SOE facility, codename Station IX, in the town of Welwyn just north of London. By happy circumstance Station IX was commanded by Lt. Colonel John Dolphin, an experienced rider, and among the staff was Harry Lester, a former race bike engineer.

The Corgi's emigration to America was more by coincidence than any great marketing strategy. Brockhouse Engineering of Southport, on the northwest coast of England, manufactured the bikes for Corgi – the same Brockhouse that by 1951 had purchased the rights to Indian and was looking to broaden the model line. Which is how the Welbike became the Corgi became the Papoose complete with unique decals along with an 'Indian-brand' repaint. Some 27,000 were built before production ceased in 1954.

This scooter comes 'as-is' and will require recommissioning with the option of a full restoration before operating again; noted are the incorrect handlebar grips and the wheel rim color. Once restored, the Papoose will be an excellent little machine that can be ridden and displayed just about anywhere 'not too far from home.'

Footnotes

  • Offered on a Bill of Sale

    As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number stamp cannot be located.
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1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter Frame no. 25452 Engine no. 7170/4
1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter Frame no. 25452 Engine no. 7170/4
1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter Frame no. 25452 Engine no. 7170/4
1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter Frame no. 25452 Engine no. 7170/4
1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter Frame no. 25452 Engine no. 7170/4
1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter Frame no. 25452 Engine no. 7170/4
1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter Frame no. 25452 Engine no. 7170/4
1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter Frame no. 25452 Engine no. 7170/4
1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter Frame no. 25452 Engine no. 7170/4
1954 Indian 98cc Papoose Folding Scooter Frame no. 25452 Engine no. 7170/4
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