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Thread: 1945 Chief production numbers

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    Default 1945 Chief production numbers

    Looking at a 1945 Chief, The person selling it says that in 45 very few were produced, I also see on e-bay one for sale and the seller states that just over 100 were produced in 1945.

    I have a couple questions,

    1) How many Chief's were made in 1945

    2) how many motorcycles total were made in 1945.


    Thanks for any help, Chuck
    Chuck
    AMCA Member#1848

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    Exact numbers are unknown, approx 1962 chiefs.

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    FWIW, Harry Sucher says in Iron Redskin that there were 4500 essential use Chiefs built during the war years...nothing more specific than that!
    Pisten Bulley is Harry Roberts in Vermont.

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    my 45 is in the high 1600s

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    Dear Chuck, the Harley black book shows they produced 12,475 bikes that year, of which 2,715 were Big Twins. In the 1930s Harley were outselling Indian a little over two to one, so a first guess might be around a thousand Chiefs in 1945.

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    Thanks Everyone for your input,
    Chuck
    AMCA Member#1848

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    Hello harry , as a former snow maker i’ve Been curious wether or not you are a groomer , salesman , or mechanic for pisten bully. Does’nt really matter, just wondering

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