This 1938 Indian Chief motorcycle (CCH) is a pedigreed motorcycle from the Harry V Sucher collection, Harry V Sucher. Harry’s main avocation which he pursued all his life was finding, restoring, and riding antique motorcycles. He wrote the definitive histories of the Indian and Harley – Davidson motorcycles and has been called the foremost American motorcycle historian. He was one of the early members of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, SoCal Chapter.
Harry authored The Iron Redskin and he considered the 1938 production model Indian motorcycles the best of the Indian production line. This Indian Chief motorcycle is written about and pictured in his books. This machine was found in a wrecking yard in Needles California and was reported to have been in service as a California Highway Patrol bike. The bike was originally restored by Johnny Eagles in the late 1970’s. The family has had this bike in storage prior to Harry’s passing in 2009. Johnny Eagles has just completed a service and tune-up of this fine motorcycle and it is ready for riding and show by its next curator.
Working speedometer indicates 9720 total miles on the restoration.50 miles applied since the Eagles tune-up.
The original restoration paint and striping by Johnny Eagles has held up well. Excellent quality and great sheen. Paint polished right up and has a few chips from road use, especially on the luggage rack. This is near perfect paint with minimal flaws.
Sheet metal is original material and of excellent fit and finish. Minimal dings if any.
Minimal chrome but well done and bright and shiny.
This engine is mechanically sound with an original rebuild/restoration by Johnny Eagles followed by a recent tune-up by the same. This is a first kick mag powered start and it runs flawlessly through the gears. This machine is magneto powered with a generator and battery to supply the lights.
Wheels & Tires
Tires are early production Dunlop Gold 400 X 18 fitted on a painted rim with Stainless spokes. Minimal miles showing on the tread.
Clean, clear, Arizona Title current registration.
Engine # CCH 269
Frame # 338 578
Valuation Resource Guide
This machine would rate as a 1
Period correct Crocker steering damper, Saddlebags, book references.