FRANKLIN MINT: THE 1942 INDIAN CHIEF MOTORCYCLE - MODEL: 442
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FRANKLIN MINT, MODEL: 442, 1942 INDIAN MOTORCYCLE IN BOX- LIKE NEW-MIRROR MISSING, ITEM IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, CONTACT STORE FOR SHIPPING OPTIONS, ITEM SIZE: APPROX- 7" X 6.5" X 14.5", ITEM WEIGHT: 2LBS 2.75 OZ, GR1025630
|Condition Rating for Arts||89% - Almost Perfect - this is an item which has few if any condition flaws, though it may have minor stain and/or wear and/or light scratching. It can be a very good candidate for cleaning (if desired) as a light cleaning may render it Perfect. If already cleaned, it must be mentioned. There can be No damage. An Almost Perfect item rates at 7-8 out of 10.|
- In 1901, George M. Hendee and Oscar C. Hedstrom agreed among themselves to manufacture Indian motorcycles. From its first one-roof loft where Indian shared its production facilities with the Silver King Bicycles to its modern 12 acre factory facilities in the late 1930's and 1940's, Indian Motorcycles carved a name for itself in the annals of American motorcycles, outfitting the public, the military and the police with powerful motorcycles that were both dependable and innovative.
In the early 1940's Indian introduced the "double action" spring frame on most of its sport and police motorcycles. Typical of Indian ingenuity and the unparalleled design of Indian motorcycles, the smooth cushioning action of the "double action" spring frame was the result of coil springs operating inside of hydraulically lubricated cylinders on polished steel shaft, which allowed the rear wheel to glide gently over all types of road surfaces. Indeed, the countless GIs who used Indian motorcycles over the rough terrain of Europe, came home to the United States with a new-found love for the Indian Motorcycle. And the bike's popularity was not limited to American soldiers alone: British and French soldiers loved the Indian and spread its popularity through Europe after the war. The smooth ride which so impressed the soldiers was such a part of Indian's mystique that in its advertisements it noted that the "double action" spring frame "made the roughest roadway a smooth highway."
Now, the classic Indian motorcycle comes to life again in an extraordianry die-cast replica, The 1942 Indian 442. Authentic in every detail from the framed Indian tank badge and from the distinctive skirted fenders to each of the four cylibders, the 1942 Indian 442 is a sensational tribute to one of the world's greatest motorcycles. Hand-assembled in 1:10 scale, this historic replica is available exclusively through Franklin Mint Precision Models.
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