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    I recently came across a for sale ad for a 1949 Indian Chief.
    The serial number is supposed to be "CVH 3xxx B".
    I have always heard that Indian did not make any Chief Motorcycles for model year 1949, just
    the new Brit style bikes. I cannot find any info on serial numbers for those bikes.
    Can anybody help with some info?
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motor-officer View Post
    I recently came across a for sale ad for a 1949 Indian Chief.
    The serial number is supposed to be "CVH 3xxx B".
    I have always heard that Indian did not make any Chief Motorcycles for model year 1949, just
    the new Brit style bikes. I cannot find any info on serial numbers for those bikes.
    Can anybody help with some info?
    Thank you.
    http://www.wildriders.org/threads/in...al_numbers.htm not real

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    Many many years ago before ebay existed and we found things in Hemmings there was an auction in PA. If I remember correctly (and I could very well be wrong) the name of the shop was "Indian Reservation" from "Becktelville??? and the owners name was Glen H????. He had a 1949 Chief for sale and it was the only one I ever heard of and I cannot verify if it was the real thing or not as i never saw it??? I remember getting a 50 Chief that came from that auction second hand. That Ind Res name jog anybodies memory?? I knew a few or 3 people who knew of the shop but I can't contact them to jog their memories as they are all dead now. 46EL

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    Jason Z
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    Glenn Hartsell Was the owner of Indian reservation.I bought stuff from him but never saw a 49.
    Tom

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    The existence of a 1949 Chief has always been a speculative topic. Just like non available colors, unusual options, or plating finishes on H-Ds or Indians. You need factory, or dealer documentation to verify the truth. In lieu of real documentation, you're just taking someone's word for it. I'll always remember a B.S. artist telling me his uncle had a '49 Chief, in the factory shipping crate (who's Uncle didn't?). Still, I don't doubt that Indian could have sold, and stamped a '48 Chief in 1949 for a favored dealer. Real documentation is what it would take to convince the skeptics.
    Eric Smith
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    There was 1 ( supposedly, I couldn't read the numbers behind the ropes) at Space Farm Museum in Sussex , NJ back in the early 90's. Might still be there

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