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A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1946 Indian Chief

1946 Indian Chief

1946 Indian Chief

Country: USA
Engine: Air-cooled 42-degree V-twin four stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 40 bhp (estimated)
Bore x Stroke: 3.25" x 4.5
Displacement: 74 cu. in.
Valves: Side
Fuel System: Single Linkert carburetor
Transmission: Three speed, optional four speed or reverse
Suspension: Front trailing link with leaf spring, rigid rear
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 550lb.
Top Speed: 85mph

1946 Indian Chief

After World War II, the only Indian model in production was the Chief. Dupont became interested in selling off Indian, so there was no advantage in taking additional risks continuing to build anything but the most popular models. The advantage that Indian had over Harley-Davidson was the rear sprung frame and the skirted fenders. Indian riders were divided over the fenders, either loving or hating them.

1946 Indian Chief

1946 Indian Chief

1946 Indian Chief