Patina Ain’t Just For Cars – 1921 Amazing Indian Powerplus Goes Under Hammer

1921 Indian Powerplus

An amazing 1921 Indian Powerplus motorcycle will feature in the forthcoming Charterhouse auction of classic motorcycles and cars on Sunday 17th June.

At nearly 100 years old, the Indian going under the Charterhouse hammer is a 1921 Powerplus model. With its 1,000cc V twin engine producing a healthy 16hp in its day mated to a 3 speed hand change gearbox this motorcycle has miraculously survived in an unrestored state and has the most wonderful patina that is impossible to recreate.

1921 Indian Powerplus

It was bought by the West Country farmer owner in 1975 with a view to restoring the bike over time. However, during the past 43 years of ownership, he has never ridden the bike. He did start to restore the motorcycle once but gave up after he replaced a rusty front wheel deciding that it was such an original state that preservation was better than restoration, and pushed it back into his barn. It remained until Matthew Whitney, head of classic cars and motorcycles at Charterhouse recently visited the farmer and valued the Indian at £10,000-20,000* and it was entered into the sale.

1921 Indian Powerplus
A rare survivor – the 97 year old unrestored Indian Powerplus £10,000-20,000* in the Charterhouse auction of classic motorcycles and cars on Sunday 17th June.

Commented Matthew Whitney said:
“The name Indian is legendary in the motorcycle world.

“They have always been cool and fast bikes, owned by the likes of Steve McQueen, but are more common to see on the plains of America rather on the twisty roads of Great Britain!”

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1921 Indian Powerplus
A rare survivor – the 97 year old unrestored Indian Powerplus £10,000-20,000* in the Charterhouse auction of classic motorcycles and cars on Sunday 17th June.

Where & When

The auction, on Sunday 17th June at 12 noon, is being held in conjunction with The Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show which attracts huge numbers of enthusiasts, collectors and dealers running on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

Catalogues are available from Charterhouse in Sherborne or you can view the car and motorcycle lots and bid live on the internet via www.charterhouse-auction.com

1921 Indian Powerplus
A rare survivor – the 97 year old unrestored Indian Powerplus £10,000-20,000* in the Charterhouse auction of classic motorcycles and cars on Sunday 17th June.

For further information regarding this auction, or enter a classic or vintage motorcycle into the Netley Marsh Motorcycle Auction on 1st September or a classic car into the Sherborne Castle Classic Car Show on 15th July, contact Matthew Whitney or Naomi Grabham at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email mw@charterhouse-auction.com

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A rare survivor – the 97 year old unrestored Indian Powerplus £10,000-20,000* in the Charterhouse auction of classic motorcycles and cars on Sunday 17th June.
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