1947 Indian Chief, Big Boy Build
This 1947 Indian Chief is an original factory bike, matching numbers, with an older restoration. The current owner is a big guy and an Indian motorcycle lover. He has owned many Indians and rides many miles. When this bike was found, he knew of its history of being restored and rebuilt by Ted Williams from Sacramento CA. Ted learned his craft while working for Sammy Pierce in SoCal in the early days.
This Indian Chief was built as an 80-inch with Bonneville cams and intake. The motorcycle has been modified to make it a better ride for a big guy with bad knees! The original parts taken off have been saved and will sell with the bike. This beautiful Indian Chief is ready for the road and ready for show. Updates include a 4 speed transmission, a Kiwi electric starter, 5 gallon Iron Horse Corral tanks, Greer clutch plates, new round profile tires, period leather saddlebags with studs, & cast luggage rack on rear fender, and a 1947 California license plate.
The engine has just been rebuilt by a quality Indian Motorcycle shop and it is ready to go. This motorcycle has an all new engine that has been correctly broken in.
Why would you buy a bike that needs unknown work and parts when this one is all ready to go with proven parts on a proven chassis! Riding season is upon us and this ride is ready for GO and show!
8,062 miles on a working speedometer which was reset at restoration.
Paint is correct Indian Red (International Harvester red) and was applied with care by a professional shop during restoration. It carries a great shine and has minimal road patina. Frame was painted at restoration.
Original Indian sheet metal in excellent condition with minimal road dings. The original tanks go with the bike and can be placed in service prior to delivery if requested. This motorcycle is equipped with a set of 5 gallon tanks from Iron Horse corral.
All chrome is bright and shiny.
This motorcycle has just undergone a mechanical review that resulted in a complete rebuild by Indian Alley in Vallejo, CA.
New flywheels, all pins & bushings in the bottom end, new Bonneville exhaust cams, new pistons, new sleeves, valve job, new bushings in distributor, recent oil pump rebuild by Greer, rebuilt carb by Cotton in Illinois, etc.
The 4 speed transmission and modern clutch function extremely well. The Kiwi electric start is an excellent performer. The engine has been reinstalled and the correct break in miles are underway.
Wheels & Tires
Rims are chromed with stainless spokes. (Original black painted rims available with the bike.) Modern Metzler radials for safe riding are on the bike
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Clear California title with current registration on a 1947 California Plate
Engine # CDG 7480
Frame # 347 7480
Belly # Indians do not have these things!
Valuation Resource Guide
NADA: This would be a high 2 or low 1. $21,335 to $38,430 suggested.
Hagerty: $25,000 to $30,000 suggested
All of the extra Indian parts that came with this bike, California Plate, all accessories shown on the bike. This includes the original stock tanks. Negotiations on pricing allowed if the extra parts are not in the deal.