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For Sale: 1947 Indian Chief in Elyria, Ohio

Vehicle Description

Sunnyside Chevrolet of Elyria, Ohio in conjunction with Greg's Sports, Classic, & Muscle is proud to offer for sale this beautiful 1947 Indian Chief with original Indian Sidecar!

I'd like to start by saying I am not an Indian expert, but I am an Indian lover and I do know quality when I see it. This is one stunning, correct and excellent running/riding Chief. Yes before we go any further this beauty is all classic Indian, sourced and loved and restored over a long period of time with very little concern for budget- in fact the previous owner felt that he had invested well over $75000 dollars and countless hours of "free labor" to get the bike to this level. After a long-term ownership things had changed a bit and it was time for him to move on. We are proud to be this bikes caretaker today.

Let's just roll though some facts. Numbers matching engine and bike frame. That's a prerequisite for us when we are going to own an old Indian- that's the only way, in our opinion, that they are truly investment quality. The bike was sourced from "an old place in the desert". That's a great thing because we are dealing with sun and virtually no rust. A great beginning. Everything on the outside of the motor was to appear as stock. Inside we have S&S flywheels, Carillo rods, and machining that led to bike with virtually no oil leaks. Engine was set up so the oil pumps would not sump. Transmission has been upgraded to three speeds with overdrive. (Please forgive the order of this I am writing from my notes based on my conversation with the owner).

For sheet metal all three fenders are real, old stock Indian fenders- no reproductions here. The sidecar is all original Indian Steel. The previous owner told me the tanks were steel welded tanks- I'm sure if you are reading this you know what that means. The bike was restored on Bob Starks property and Bob and Jay Junkert were helpful and contributed to the restoration with our previous owner doing the legwork most of the work itself and the decision making.

When I had my conversation with the previous owner, I could certainly tell he was committed to this as a labor of love. His intentions were to keep it forever and he built it just that way. He owned this bike for years. As an example, he spoke of the trim on the front of the sidecar- he said it was virtually impossible to find and when he did find it, wrapped in its original packaging from the 40's, he had to pay a "pretty penny" for it. Then he sent it out and had it powder coated. He wanted only the best. As the conversation went on, he asked me if I was gonna ride it or look at it. I told him I was a look at it kinda guy and he responded with "that's too bad this is a great highway cruiser at 80 MPH". Thinking he's one helluva guy.

If you're looking for a gorgeous Sidecar Chief for your collection, this one would be a great choice. If you're looking for a gorgeous Sidecar Chief to ride and show, this one would be a great choice. If you're looking to make your buddies jealous with your gorgeous Sidecar Chief, this one would be a great choice.

Drive it, show it, keep it in a bubble and polish it as a prized possession, the choice is yours once you make it yours.
We stand behind our thoughts on this car by offering our travel expenses guarantee- come see the car and if we have materially misrepresented its condition we will gladly pay half of your travel expenses up to $500.00- this offer had been in place since we sold our first classic and we haven't paid the money yet.... We pride ourselves on having good cars and motorcycles and representing them properly.
Additional pictures and video are available, please call 440-365-7311 for more photos, information or to schedule a test drive.

Vehicle Details

  • 1947 Indian Chief
  • Listing ID: CC-1322244
  • Price: $42,900
  • Location:Elyria, Ohio
  • Year:1947
  • Make:Indian
  • Model:Chief
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:G0278
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