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1946 Indian Chief


1946 Indian Chief pictures
"Indian Red" remained a popular color choice for postwar Indian motorcycle buyers.
"Indian Red" remained a popular color choice for postwar Indian motorcycle buyers.

Though similar to to prewar versions, the 1946 Indian Chief motorcycle included upgrades such as new girder-style front forks and softer spring rates on the plunger-type rear suspension.

Indian's nicely designed one-passenger sidecar made its debut as a option in 1940.
Indian's nicely designed one-passenger sidecar made its debut as a option in 1940.
An attached locking toolbox was a popular accessory of the day.
An attached locking toolbox was a popular accessory of the day.
The Chief's 74-inch flathead engine was unchanged from its prewar design.
The Chief's 74-inch flathead engine was unchanged from its prewar design.
The sidecar carried fancy chrome speedlines and trim.
The sidecar carried fancy chrome speedlines and trim.
The sidecar was spring-mounted to cushion the ride. This Chief is also equipped with optional front and rear crash bars.
The sidecar was spring-mounted to cushion the ride. This Chief is also equipped with optional front and rear crash bars.
Buyers could substitute two-tone color schemes
Buyers could substitute two-tone color schemes
After the war, Indian dropped all its four-cylinder and smaller V-tinws in favor of the big V-twin Chief.
After the war, Indian dropped all its four-cylinder and smaller V-tinws in favor of the big V-twin Chief.

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