Post Listing Update: This Chief did not get any interest at the opening ask of $22,500 on eBay.
In 1947, Indian sold approximately 12,000 examples of their legendary Chief, the only bike that they offered immediately after World War II. This one has been restored and is ready for a new owner to enjoy it on the road!
In 1947, Indian offered three levels of trim for the Chief – with the chromed headlight bucket, crash bars, and handlebars, this would appear to be a mid-level Sportsman. This Chief (VIN: 347416, Engine #: CDG416) is “believed to be originally restored by Bob Stark”, and it has just 1,927 miles on a new motor. It has been with the current owner since 2009, and he is selling it to raise funds for an investment as his health no longer allows him to ride.
It looks great in black/red with a gold pinstripe, and cosmetic issues are limited to minor road chips and a scratch in the left side of the tank. The bodywork is said to be all original with no dings. It has been sitting for some time and will most likely require a service to be road ready again – in addition, the seller notes that the Avon tires are in “serviceable” condition so you may want to replace those as well. It’s offered on a clean California title.
I’ve featured a few of these over the years, and the price seems to be a bit lower than the usual ask. Find this Indian Chief for sale in Costa Mesa, California with an unmet opening bid of $22,500 (which is the reserve) here on eBay.