1945 Indian Motorcycle “Chief”
- MANUFACTURER Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company
- MODEL 345 “Chief”
- CHASSIS Number 345806
- ENGINE Number CDA387
- ENGINE 74 cubic inch flathead V-Twin
- TRANSMISSION Hand-shifted three speed, with foot-operated clutch
- NUMBER BUILT 33,000 during World War II (All Indian models)
America’s oldest motorcycle brand, the company was founded as the Hendee Manufacturing Company by George M. Hendee and Carl Oscar Hedstrom in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1901, two years before Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
During World War II, Chiefs served as military couriers and scout transports.