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Lot 119

1941 Indian 841 Motorcycle

Sold for $35,500


Manufacturer: Indian Motorcycle Co., Springfield, Massachusetts

Production Year: 1941

Engine: Indian FDO V-twin, side-valve, 45.44-cid, 24-hp, air-cooled, two-cylinder, gasoline

Transmission: Four-speed foot-change gearbox

Brakes: Mechanical

Length: 90-3/4-inches

Width: 36-3/4-inches

Height: 40-1/2-inches

Weight: 565-pounds

Armor: None

Armament: NONE on this example - (Typical) one Thompson .45 caliber M1928A1 or M1A1 submachine gun in a front fork-mounted holster

Maximum Road Speed: 60-mph (maximum recommended)

Markings: US Armored Supply & Maintenance, Headquarters



The Indian 841 was developed from a War Department request to both Indian and Harley-Davidson to develop a new prototype military motorcycle. Harley-Davidson came up with a copy of the German BMW R-12 flat-twin, while Indian came up with its own unique design, the 841. The 841 differed from Indian’s (and Harley’s) typical V-twin design in that the 90-degree angle cylinders were positioned perpendicular as opposed to the standard parallel configuration. Typical military fittings included a front fork holster for a Thompson submachine gun, or occasionally replaced with a carbine or rifle holster (NONE on this example). Front and rear crashbars were generally added as well. The engine was modified to produce a lower compression ratio, and a larger, more restrictive air filter was also added. In addition, the gearing was lowered to reduce wear on the engine. Gear selection was by a rocking foot pedal on the left and clutch control was by a handlever mounted on the right handlebar. The throttle was mounted on the left handlebar. The rear wheel was shaft driven like the BMW R-12 and the Harley 42XA. A little over 1,000 Indian 841s were manufactured by 1942 when the US Army focus switched to Jeep production.

Addendum

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