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Indian Chief Roadmaster

Year: 1948|Miles: 10,493|Ext: Yellow |

George M. Hendee and Oscar Hedstrom formed the Hendee Manufacturing Company in Springfield, Massachusetts, and began production of the Indian Motorcycle in 1901 to become America?s first motorcycle manufacturer. Indians quickly earned a solid reputation for their reliability, performance and exceptional quality. Proven in competition both at home and abroad, Indian secured with a 1-2-3 finish at the 1911 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, still known today as the most demanding motorcycle road race of them all.

In 1928, the company was renamed as Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company and in 1929 was taken over by E. Paul DuPont who, by the following year had ceased production of his DuPont automobile line to focus all resources on Indian. As part of the famous DuPont family, Indian motorcycles soon became available in no fewer than 24 colors. Mr. DuPont?s management assured Indian?s future through the Great Depression and beyond, into the 1940s when the Chief and Scout led the way as the best built motorcycles in America.

In 1940, the flagship Chief was completely re-engineered and restyled. In combination with the ?springer? front end (leaf spring and later coils) was an all-new sprung rear end which provided a smooth and controlled ride that was vastly superior to the rigid frame that Harley Davidson was using at the time. All new sheetmetal was a dramatic departure from traditional motorcycle styling of the time. Penned by G. Briggs Weaver and inspired by the great Pre-War streamlined automobiles, the Chief featured flamboyant skirted fenders which gave a dramatic look. The Chief set the benchmark for motorcycle performance with near-100mph capabilities and a rock-solid reputation for reliability.


Our featured 1948 Indian Chief is an exceptional example of one of Indian?s most iconic bikes. Fully restored from the frame up by well-known Indian expert Roger Long, this numbers-matching Chief is a stunning collector piece in every respect. Beginning with a solid and complete original base, serial number CDH2299B (Frame number 3482299) was carefully stripped down and restored to concours standards. The frame has been powder coated in black and the period correct Indian Sunshine Yellow paint is in gorgeous condition with no flaws to speak of. The extensive chrome was restored to concours condition and painstakingly re-fitted. Correct finishes and fittings are found on the engine and drivetrain and it rides on a set of gorgeous 16? chrome wire wheels.

This example is optioned with a right hand throttle, left-hand three speed transmission, and a foot-operated (NON-suicide) clutch. It has also been lavished with period correct accessories including gorgeous Indian saddle bags, windshield, windshield bag, dual Unity spot lights, rear rack, crash bars, foot rests and many others. The result is a stunning, fully loaded look that suits the curvaceous lines of the Indian Chief bodywork.

The quality of this motorcycle speaks for itself, and it runs as strongly as it looks ? we have ridden it to assure it is properly functioning and can attest to its fantastic sound and performance. This is simply an outstanding motorcycle. It was awarded the coveted People?s Choice Award at the prestigious 2015 Radnor Hunt Concours d?Elegance. With very light use since the restoration was completed, this Indian Chief still appears very fresh and is ready to be thoroughly enjoyed on tours or at concours events. Sale includes receipts, records and operating instructions. Please note that the People?s Choice trophy will be retained by the current owner and is not included in the sale.

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  • Frame Off Restoration by Marque Expert
  • Fully Loaded Roadmaster Specification
  • LH Shift, RH Throttle
  • Award Winning
  • Runs Beautifully