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A near-90-year-old Indian Four is expected to fetch between £54,000 and £58,000 when it goes under the hammer at the National Motorcycle Museum at the end of March.
An inline-four engine may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Indian Motorcycles but that is precisely the engine configuration used in the Four.
Indian bought the failing ACE marque in 1927 and sold bikes under the brand name until 1929 – when the Indian Four officially joined the range.
By the early ’30s, the model was a firm part of the Indian range and shares plenty of instantly recognisable Indian features – such as the leaf-sprung fork. Avid vehicle collector and talkshow host Jay Leno describes the Four as the ‘Cadillac of motorcycles’.
This example from 1936 has previously been restored and retains a paintjob applied in the 1980s. It comes with a current V5 and sports a 1265cc engine, complete with a raised twin-exit exhaust along its righthand side.