2004 Indian Chief Frame no. 5CONNCAJ33G009438 Engine no. 130802

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Lot 212
2004 Indian Chief
Frame no. 5CONNCAJ33G009438 Engine no. 130802

Sold for US$ 4,485 inc. premium
2004 Indian Chief
Frame no. 5CONNCAJ33G009438
Engine no. 130802
Following the demise of the original Indian company in 1953, there were sporadic attempts to revive what had been one of America's foremost motorcycle marques. Royal Enfields were badged as Indians for sale in the USA up to 1959 and there was a succession of mini-bikes and ultra lightweights in the late 1960s/early 1970s, but undeniably the most stylish and worthy effort was Floyd Clymer's Italian-framed, Velocette-engined Indian of 1969. The original company had been split in the early 1950s, resulting in a legal tangle that frustrated efforts to revive production and would not be resolved until 1999 with the formation of the Indian Motorcycle Corporation. The latter resumed production with, naturally enough, a v-twin, though in order to meet modern-day power and emissions requirements an overhead-valve engine was used instead Indian's traditional 'flat-head' motor. The new Chief's air-cooled power unit displaced 87.99ci (1,442cc) and produced 75bhp at 5,200rpm. While the engineering was up-to-the-minute, the styling was unashamedly 'retro'. Sadly, although the bikes were good, the company's financial foundations were less secure and production ceased in 2003 after only 40 examples of the 2004 model had been built.

This particular Chief was used in the development of the T3 Limited Edition model that was released to celebrate Indian's involvement with the 2003 motion picture, Terminator III: The Rise of the Machines, in which Chiefs featured as police motorcycles. Since being purchased in 2008, the Indian has had little use and will require recommissioning to a greater or lesser extent.

Footnotes

  • 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 frame number is 5CONNCAJ33G009439. The vehicle is from 2003, not 2004. Additionally, the title will be in transit.
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2004 Indian Chief Frame no. 5CONNCAJ33G009438 Engine no. 130802
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