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Indian Motorcycle Time Machine: 1940 – 1949

By June 24, 2013General Posts

Bikernet takes a quick look at Indian Motorcycle's historical timeline for iconic moments from 1901 through the present. Today we give you 1040-1949

1940 — Indian pioneers use of "plunger" (spring coupled to an oil-dampened shaft) rear suspension; introduces trademark full-skirt fenders (aka valences). Production during the war years is mainly military and police vehicles.

1941 — Indian begins production of advanced shaft-drive, four-speed military motorcycle.

1943 — Indian wins Army-Navy Production Award.

1945 — The company is sold and consolidated into the Torque Engineering Company. Later the company is divided with manufacturing going to the Atlas Corporation and distribution to The Indian Sales Corporation.

1948 — First Daytona 200 held on new beach/road course won by Indian rider Floyd Emde on a 648 Scout.