Indian Motorcycle Model Chief With Side Car

The late actor, Steve McQueen, had a passion for fast cars and motorcycles. When it came to motorcycles, he loved vintage bikes and especially Indian motorcycles

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Vehicle Type Indian Motorcycle - Chief Model with Side Car
Year Built 1930
Built By Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company
Suspension Trailing Link For front, rear, rigid (none)
Engine 1200 cc side valve V-Twin
Owner Woodland Family Collection


This motorcycle with sidecar is an extremely well preserved version of an early Indian motorcycle, and with this particular type of sidecar, making it relatively rare. Another rare item is that it was the only year that the gas and oil tanks were made in two pieces using cast aluminum.

Since the actor's death, this bide had several people attempt to restore it mechanically. Fortunately, our own EWM member, Jerry Greer, was a former Indian Motorcycle dealer and painstakingly went through the majority of the mechanical items while being extremely careful to retain the patina of this vintage era treasure.

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