1946 Indian Chief
In 1922 Indian introduced the Chief, thousands of which were built during 32 years of production. While most changes were incremental, the adoption of the iconic fender skirts in 1940 was a highly visible effort to distinguish their brand in a shrinking market. During World War II, the Chief served as the basis for the 340-B, and it was the only pre-war motorcycle that Indian continued to produce until their closure in 1953. Gone but not forgotten, the “Chief” model name held such cachet that it was used on models by the majority of subsequent iterations of the company.
Collection of Glendale Harley-Davidson