1944 Indian Chief
SALE Ė 1944 Indian Chief ďEssential Civilian UseĒ spring frame.
is a matching number bike that has just completed a total restoration.
Most of the machine was restored using ORIGINAL parts. Not
many aftermarket parts used. Just
the tires, tubes, S.S. spokes, battery, cables, oil & gas caps, gas
petcocks, wiring and rubber parts are aftermarket.
This bike was previously owned by a good friend of Bob Starkís, and he
did the engine work, as well as putting the frame and fork on his jigs to make
sure all was straight. All of the
black on the bike is powdercoat. There
was very little chrome on these bikes originally, and I have tried to stick to
that. The exhaust is chrome, as is
the headlight. The tanks are black
because the guy I bought it from had them redone than had those beautiful Indian
heads airbrushed and I didnít have the heart to paint over them.
The rest of the bike is correct Indian Red. I have enough paint to redo the tanks if the buyer choses.
Itís a left shift, right hand throttle.
Itís still a 6 volt elec. system.
The bike runs beautifully, but has zero miles.
My hobby is rebuilding machinery. When
itís done, time to move on. In
case you donít know what ďEssential Civilian UseĒ means, Iíll explain.
According to a copy of the original 1944 Indian sales brochure that I
have, ďAll orders for new motorcycles must be approved by the Office of
Civilian Requirements of the War Production Board.Ē
This means you had to have a job that was essential to the war effort to
get permission to buy transportation. There
were no new cars being produced during the war.
Also, the reason for the non-skirted fenders was to use less metal.
These fenders are unique. They
are not revamped Scout fenders. The
serial number of the bike is in the high 700ís.
Engine is CDD7XX, frame is 3447XX.
Please email with any questions. I
have all receipts to document restoration.
I am asking $20,000 for the bike. Much
less than you could buy one and restore it.
There are kits offered on this website for a lot more than that. Buyer is responsible for inspection and shipping.
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