A restored 1946 Indian Chief, complete with its sidecar, will provide the highlight of a vintage motorcycle auction that takes place on March 10 in New Zealand.
The magnificent machine is expected to see bids in the region of $49,500-66,000.
The 1946 Chief has been part of a New Zealand museum collection for some time. Before this it was fully restored to original condition and has travelled less than 20 miles since. Finished in yellow, with a black frame and the classic tan leather fringed seat with matching saddlebags, it is complete with polished chrome wire wheels, whitewall tyres and extensive brightwork.
The V-twin Indian Chief was one of the most popular motorcycles to emerge in post-war USA, catering for the pent-up demand from those who had learnt to ride during their military service. The 1946 model was one of the last to be produced at the historic Springfield, Massachusetts factory known as The Wigwam.
Also expected to see top results is the highly desirable 1954 Vincent Series D, which is expected to make $45,500-62,000. Restored by the respected UK Vincent engineer Tony Maugan, this Series D has been raised to the premier Black Shadow specifications. Maughan has also included a NOS Series D frame from HRD.
Since its restoration, the bike has travelled 6,000 miles before being rested in the private collection, where it has remained for the past six years.
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