of Springfield, Massachusetts.
1901 First Indian motorcycle built
1911 Imported into UK by Hendee Manufacturing Co
Early-1950s Indian’s fortunes took a turn for the worse; Floyd Clymer and a few other Indian loyalists offered financial assistance to keep the company going.
1953 The parent company continued to sustain losses. Substantial volumes of parts and motorcycles had been imported into the USA and substantial stocks of spares were held there
1953 The company ceased production.
1960s Clymer purchased the rights to the Indian name and attempted to market several foreign-made motorcycles under the Indian name without success. At first he fitted Indian nameplates to 500cc single-cylinder Velocette-based machines. He later spent a quarter-of-a-million dollars to have a prototype Indian built based closely on the original V-Twin design. That machine never made it to market.
Sources of Information
- The Times, Dec 31, 1953