Restored – 1958 Indian Lance

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Post Listing Update: This Lance did not get any action at the opening bid of $6,900 on eBay.

Between 1955 and 1960, the Indian marque was owned by an English firm called Brockhouse Engineering. During this time, they imported Royal Enfield bikes under the Indian name. This Indian Lance was a variant of the Royal Enfield Ensign, a 148cc descendant of the Flying Flea, a tiny motorcycle designed to be air-dropped to British soldiers in WWII.

The Lance/Ensign was a single-cylinder two stroke that produced 6 horsepower at 4,750 rpm. Wet weight was just 183 pounds, so you could hit 52 miles per hour in top gear (there were only three gears in the transmission). The seller of this example says that just 274 were built, though I haven’t been able to verify that.

This example (VIN: 7082670285) has been restored, and it’s by far the nicest (of the very few) Lances I’ve encountered. The seller says that it runs but it has not been started in at least five years, which are two things that don’t necessarily jive. The sale includes service manuals, some extra parts, and a clear Illinois title.

Find this Lance for sale in Athens, Alabama with an unmet opening bid of $6,900 here on eBay.

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