Indian Motorcycles

The images show 2 identical Indian (Hendee) wrenches produced by Wakefield Wrench Worcester Mass. USA with 2 variations. One marked “8” and one marked “6-0″ with both measuring about 7” in length and with a Sept. 4, 1900 patent date. These are weakly stamped Indian Motorcycles, Hendee mfg. co. Springfield, Mass., U.S.A. Indian Worcester wrenches are easy to overlook when dirty and weakly stamped.                                                                                             return to home page

1897 – George Hendee begins producing Silver King and Silver Queen bicycles.
1898 – American Indian name introduced
1900 – Oscar Hedstrom enters partnership with Hendee
1901 – Hendee Manufacturing name used.
1902 – First Indian Motorcycles are sold to the public.
1904 – Legacy deep red color introduced.
1907 – Indian begins producing their own engines (previously made by Aurora) V-twin engine introduced for public sale
1913 – Hedstrom resigns
1916 – Hendee resigns
1917 – U.S. government becomes huge buyer harming domestic dealers
1920 – The Scout is introduced.
1922 – The Chief is introduced.
1927 – Indian purchases Ace Motor Corporation. Single year model Indian Ace.
1930 – Merges with DuPont Motors
1942 – The Indian Four is discontinued.
1945 – George Rogers gains control.
1947 – The “war Bonnet” front fender light appears.
1953 – Brockhouse Engineering acquires rights to the Indian name.
1960 – AMC purchases Indian.
1970 – Alan Newman owns Indian. (bankrupt in 1977)
1911 – Polaris Industries purchases the Indian name

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