16 August 1998
1947 INDIAN CHIEF
Frame No. CDG 1447
Red with black leather seat
Engine: V-Twin, 74 ci.; Gearbox: 3-speed; Suspension: coil spring girder forks at the front with a plunger rear suspension; Brakes: two wheel drum.
Designer Charles Franklin was the man responsible for the two most well-known Indian motorcycles produced, namely the Scout and Chief. The latter, the larger of the two machines, was offered initially in the 61 cubic inch form, this being the best balance of vibration and performance from a V-twin engine. The model would be basically developed and stay in production in various guises for over thirty years beginning in 1922.
By 1947 the Chief featured an enlarged 74 ci. side-valve engine, plunger rear suspension, and skirted fender styling, well-equipped these sold well, in a swansong for the marque.
This machine was totally rebuilt by Wymond Walkem's Walkems of Ontario, where work included an overhaul of forks, gas tank, engine, clutch and transmission. A new drive-line and chains, fenders, Deluxe seat, rear bumper and updated 12 volt charging system, have also been fitted. During restoration the engine was found to be in sound condition with no broken fins, and possibly less than 1,000 miles wear, it has now been modified with special valves to run on unleaded fuel.
The ultimate post-war Indian, offered without reserve.
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