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1953 Indian Chief


1953 Indian Chief Pictures
The last of the Indian Chiefs had massive skirted fenders and locomotive-like torque.
The last of the Indian Chiefs had massive skirted fenders and locomotive-like torque.

Financial woes, little money for development, and competition from European motorcycles doomed Indian, and the 1953 Chief was the last model it produced.

Indian enlarged the Chief's 74-cubic-inch V-twin engine to 80 cubic inches in 1950, a move properly noted with a fuel tank decal.
Indian enlarged the Chief's 74-cubic-inch V-twin engine to 80 cubic inches in 1950, a move properly noted with a fuel tank decal.
Two fuel-filler caps and one for oil were part of the Indian Chief rider's view.
Two fuel-filler caps and one for oil were part of the Indian Chief rider's view.
By 1953, the Chief carried acres of sheet metal, including a cowling mounted behind the headlight.
By 1953, the Chief carried acres of sheet metal, including a cowling mounted behind the headlight.

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