1941 Indian Sport Scout

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The highly original 1941 Indian Sport Scout appears to be complete and intact
The highly original 1941 Indian Sport Scout appears to be complete and intact

Are you looking for a pre-war American vehicle that has style, performance, a storied history and eligibility for some fantastic events? If so, then this might be just the vehicle.

The Pick of the Day is a 1941 Indian Sport Scout that could provide entry to the world of pre-war motoring at a reasonable price.

This Sport Scout is a 741 export model built for the Allied military forces overseas during World War II. Another interesting footnote for Indian is that a Sport Scout won the first Daytona 200 motorcycle race in 1937.

The Indian Scout could be a good winter project for a handy owner
The Indian Scout could be a good winter project for a handy owner

According to the Dallas dealer listing the bike on ClassicCars.com, this is a largely original motorcycle, still wearing its European wartime-spec blackout lighting. The bike is not running but is complete, the dealer says, and would make a perfect spring project for a mechanically inclined owner.

After you get it running, here’s what you could do with it. Enter your Indian in The Race of Gentleman, either the East or West Coast version, where you could race it on the beach with other vintage motorcycle owners, hang out at the beach parties and be one of the few racers who has a vintage Indian. Of all the events I attended last year, the Race of Gentleman is easily my favorite, and I actually hope to race in it this year.

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The dealer’s asking price of $15,000 appears fair, and you would be hard-pressed to find a pre-war vehicle with this kind of history for this kind of a price.

Yes, I know it is not currently running but the support for classic Indian motorcycles is fantastic and any part you might need is available. They are also simple motorcycles to work on, and this could be a fun and rewarding project for its new owner.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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  1. I really love the scout if is still available in early October send me an email and I will buy it from you. I can only do that after October comes in order to get it without my wife killing me.