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Lot 316: 1928 Indian 750cc 101 Scout

Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams & Butterfields (12 November 2005)

A smaller Indian v-twin model, the 37cu in (600cc) Scout, joined the existing 61cu in (1,000cc) Powerplus twin for 1920. In a somewhat unusual departure, this new smaller Indian twin featured primary drive by helical gears, rather than the more usual chain, and soon gained a reputation for indestructibility: “You can’t wear out an Indian Scout,” claimed the company’s advertising. In other respects the ‘flat head’ v-twin motor followed the successful Powerplus formula. Detachable cylinder heads were the Scout’s big news for 1925 and two years later a 45 cu in (750cc) variant arrived, to be followed in April 1928 by the 101 Scout. The latter featured a revised 750cc engine in a new, longer-wheelbase frame, and this medium-weight sports model would prove an immense success for the Springfield firm, so much so that its replacement in 1931 by a heavier Chief-framed model was greeted with dismay.

A wonderful ‘time warp’ example of one of the most collectible of vintage Indians, this original and unrestored 101 Scout was purchased new in Daytona Beach and comes with a 1968 title in the original family name. Believed to have covered fewer than 1,000 miles, the machine is finished in its factory livery of red/cream, and is offered complete with windshield frame, original tires, original bags, full tool kit and minor spare.

Lot Details
Auction Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams & Butterfields, Petersen Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Lot Number316
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$25000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$28750
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Engine numberDGP4247
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