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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
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.
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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