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1940 Indian 440 4 Cylinder Bike

Jeff from Portland, Oregon, USA, made available these photos of this great looking and very original 1940 Indian 440 4 Cylinder motorbike. Almost 70 years old, this un-restored classic Indian motorcycle is powered by the legendary Indian 4-cylinder in-line engine and with her 35,000 miles she is still in running condition.

Jeff: "The 1940 Indian 440 motorcycle offered a streamlined look, a smooth ride, and an unusual inline-four-cylinder engine. The 1940 Indian 440, adopted skirted fenders that added a more streamlined look. The Indian 440 boasted not only the typical Indian leaf-spring front suspension but also an atypical coil-spring rear suspension, which made it ride more smoothly than ever."

"With a list price over $1,000 in 1940, the Indian Four was not a high-volume seller. In fact, a total of only about 10,000 were built during the model's entire 15-year production run."

Photo of 1940 Indian 440 4-Cylinder Motorbike by Jeff.



Indian Four Motorcycles

Indian started producing 4-cylinder motorcycles in 1927 when they took over the Ace Motor Corporation. Over the years the 4 cylinder in-line engine went through various stages of development, until production of the Indian Four was discontinued in 1943.

Photo of 1940 Indian Four classic 4-cylinder motorcycle by Jeff. Right hand side of the 1278cc Indian Four classic 4-cylinder engine which breathes through a combination of overhead inlet valves and side valve exhaust.


Photo of 1940 vintage Indian 440 4-Cylinder Motorbike by Jeff.


Photo of 1940 Indian Four classic 4-cylinder motorcycle by Jeff.


Photo of gearbox repair on 1940 vintage Indian 440 4-Cylinder Motorbike by Jeff. The transmission housing of this Indian Four has been repaired, probably somewhere in the 1950's.


Photo of 1940 vintage Indian 440 4-Cylinder Motorbike by Jeff. Note that beautiful shift knob with the classic Indian logo!


Photo of 1940 Indian Four classic 4-cylinder motorcycle by Jeff.


Photo of 1940 Indian Four classic 4-cylinder motorcycle by Jeff. This photo provides an excellent view of the typical Indian girder style front fork with the quarter elliptical leaf spring and trailing front axle.

In 1941 the 18" wheels of the Indian Four were replaced by 16" wheels with fat balloon tires. No offense meant to Indian purists, but remove those fenders with the heavy skirts and you've got yourself a real cool bobber!


Photo of streamlined fenders of 1940 vintage Indian 440 4-Cylinder Motorbike by Jeff. The Indian Four had the same streamlined fenders as the Indian Chief. Classic Firestone front tire.


Photo of 1940 Indian Four classic 4-cylinder motorcycle by Jeff. The Indian 440 has left tank shift, and left foot clutch and right foot rear brake on the floorboards. Kickstart on the left side of the bike.


Photo of 1940 vintage Indian 440 4-Cylinder Motorbike by Jeff.


Photo of 1940 Indian Four classic 4-cylinder motorcycle by Jeff.


Photo of 1940 vintage Indian 440 4-Cylinder Motorbike by Jeff.


Photo of 1940 Indian Four classic 4-cylinder motorcycle by Jeff. From 1940 onwards, the Indian Four frame had plunger rear suspension.



(June 2009)