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Origins

This motorcycle was purchased in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The previous owner had fully restored the bike. Even after not running for 20 years, the bike has won numerous awards. The saddle and all leather work on the bike was completed by Heather’s Leathers in Clover, South Carolina.

If you wanted to buy a new Indian motorcycle in early 1948, you only had one choice: the 74ci Indian Chief. 1948 may have been a good year for the Cleveland Indians baseball team — they won the World Series — but it was not so good for the Indian Motocycle Company in Springfield, Mass. Harley-Davidson had just introduced its new Panhead, which featured hydraulically adjusted overhead valves, while Indian was making do with a flathead engine that had first seen the light of day back in the early 1920s.