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Lot 338: Indian Sport Scout

Quail Lodge Sale, Bonhams (16 August 2012)

A smaller Indian v-twin model, the 37ci (600cc) Scout, joined the existing 61ci Powerplus in 1920 and soon gained a deserved reputation for durability; so much so that 'You can't wear out an Indian Scout' became its advertising slogan. Contributing to this longevity was the use of gears for the primary drive rather than the customary chain, and this unusual feature would endure until 1933. A 45ci (750cc) variant was first offered in 1927 and then in April 1928 the 101 Scout appeared featuring a revised 750cc 'flat head' engine in a new, longer-wheelbase frame. This sporting machine 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. Introduced in 1934, the Sport Scout went some way towards retrieving the Scout's reputation, featuring a lighter 'keystone' (open) frame and European-style girder forks. Lighter and faster than its immediate predecessor, the Sport Scout was just what enthusiasts and racers had been crying out for, and today remains a favorite among discerning Indian owners and riders. Previously owned by renowned motorcycle restorer, Pete Bollenbach, this Sport Scout was purchased at a Chicago auction in September 2001. At that time the machine was described as 'a detailed and correct restoration using NOS Indian parts with period reproduction saddle bags, correct orange paint and 274 miles on the odometer.' Since acquisition by the current vendor the Chief has been kept on display in his private museum in the UK (the odometer reading is the same as when purchased) and will require re-commissioning before returning to the road. A previous AMCA Senior First-Place winner with a score of 99.5, this beautifully restored Sport Scout is offered with its auction labels and an ignition key.

Lot Details
Auction Quail Lodge Sale
Bonhams, Carmel, California, USA
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number338
Estimate$22000-$24000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1936
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Engine numberFCF991 MY
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