1941 INDIAN MODEL 741 MILITARY

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  • YEAR : 1941
  • MILEAGE : 777
  • EXTERIOR : Green
  • ENGINE SIZE : 750

– The Model 741 was developed to US Army specifications at the time
– Most 741’s were sold to Allied forces overseas
– Restored in 1979
– Sold on Bill of Sale
– Purchases by a Nevada Residents or Nevada Dealer are on a Bill of Sale for display purposes only

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Charles B. Franklin’s original Indian Scout displaced 600cc with its modern sidevalve V-twin motor, and that was the capacity of the Scout until 1927. The full 45 CI (750cc) Scout appeared in 1927 in response to the popularity of the Excelsior Super X, although the engine would soon be slotted in a new chassis. The next year, Indian debuted a totally new frame for the Scout with a longer wheelbase, lower saddle and a raked front fork, which transformed the handling. The new 101 Scout gained a reputation which lasts to this day as the best-handling Indian ever, and perhaps the marque’s best model ever. For the 1931 season, in a desperate bid to keep Indian afloat, all models shared the same chassis—the Scout, Chief and even Four models. The strategy worked, even if it disappointed 101 fans, and in 1934 the Sport Scout appeared with a new, lighter frame; the “Standard Scout” was still available with the Chief frame. Indian introduced the Motoplane in 1934, which featured a Scout motor stuffed into the cycle parts of the discontinued single-cylinder Prince model. A smaller version with 30.50 CI (500cc) engine was also offered, called the Pony Scout. The 45 CI Scout motor overwhelmed the Prince frame, but the 30.50 CI Pony Scout continued, which was renamed the Junior Scout. When war clouds loomed, Indian offered a military version of its Thirty-Fifty as the Model 741-B, which produced 15 HP, driven through a 3-speed transmission. The 741-B was equipped with leather saddlebags and a leather submachine gun scabbard, and a metal ammunition box was attached to the left front fork. The stoplight was mounted on the rear fender, and the rear blackout-marker light was mounted below. The front blackout marker was mounted on the front fender, and the headlight was mounted above it. From 1941-43 about 35,000 were produced. This 1941 Indian 741-B was restored in 1979 to an excellent standard, with correct saddlebags, ammunition case, gun mount, and blackout head and tail-lamps. The 741 Junior Scout was a miniature, 2-wheeled Jeep, and it was a heck of a lot of fun to ride.

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