Post Sale Update: After being relisted, this Chief sold for a lowered BIN of $35,000 on eBay in Vernon-Rockville, Connecticut.
The Chief was one of Indian’s most popular models, and was built for over 31 years in the first run.
Over this 30+ year run, it evolved to gain several innovations, including OHV and 4 valves per cylinder, though it seems most innovations never made it past the racing bikes. Still, this beauty was capable of 85 miles per hour. The “346” model was announced in 1945, and it was updated with adjustable handlebars, lighter wheels, a new seat, and several other features. Here’s a reprinted article announcing the 346 from the August 1945 of Motorcyclist magazine!
This example (VIN: 3462296) has just 9,946 miles and it’s said to be all original except for the paint, fluids, battery, and tires. The full history is said to be known, and it’s been with the current owner for the last twenty years. It comes from the Wheels Through Time museum, and there’s a 45 minute long video about it that serious bidders will want to check out:
Find this Chief for sale in Vernon-Rockville, Connecticut with bidding up to $25,100 and the reserve not yet met or a BIN of $49,500 here on eBay.
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