1942 Indian 741 Military Scout – $35,000 +


SELLER SAYS: 1942 Indian 741 Military Scout for sale. Rustic custom build – hand painted then sprayed – authentic paint job. Unique tank strap, Italian La Rosa single seat. Full engine rebuild by the late Murray Morrell RIP. All original parts stored away from the elements. All works completed – paperwork provided along with original manual. Contact Julie on 0400 085 965 (Albany, WA)

EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: We saw this glorious war-era Indian Scout at last year’s Albany Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Motorcycle Weekend. Beautifully presented, we could imagine it as a display bike but that would be a pity; the old girl has a long and proud history and deserves to be on the road, we reckon. The 741 Military Scout, like Harley-Davidson’s WLA, was produced for the American Army for World War II — and for other nations’ armies too, apparently. Indian was in deep financial trouble when the first big Government order was placed, so the war was wonderful news for the folks in Springfield, Massachusetts and the company went on to build 40,000-odd bikes for the war effort. It all came to an unpleasant end in 1944 when the Army brass decided they didn’t need any more bikes, cancelled all their orders, and left Indian with warehouses full of new, unwanted and unpaid-for bikes. They were then sold off to civilians at bargain prices, and many of the 741s that are still going today were from that unloved stockpile. Click here to learn more.