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Title 1928 Indian Motocycle Company Roadster, X4
Catalog Number CVHM-2006.29
Description 1928 Indian Motocycle Company Roadster, X4.

Please see in-depth article in paper file 2006.29 which includes specifications for engine, transmission, suspension etc. The article was published in Hemmings Classic Car Magazine, August 2008, Volume 4, Issue 11. The article is the result of much study and research by classic car expert and Hemmings associate editor David LaChance, who spent days reviewing and studying the car in 2007. The results of his research are in this article.

(Below is label text for the car written by Guy McLain when the car first went on display in MOSH. Text from Hemmings article used.)

Indian Motocycle Company made four experimental cars, designated X1 through X4, between 1927 and 1928. This car is the fourth, X4. Featuring a roadster style body, this auto employed a Lycoming engine, WS 4037, and was used as a developmental car. It was designed by Assistant Project Engineer Harold F. Peavey, who had worked for Stevens-Duryea Automobile Company prior to his appointment at Indian Motocycle Company.

At the time these cars were developed Indian was experiencing difficult financial times. This led the Company to explore the possibility of introducing new products. Introducing an automobile seemed like a natural direction for Indian. Other projects included research on a two-cycle motocycle for the export market, and a 50 horsepower 45 cubic inch racing bike. They also developed a single unit refrigerator that never made it to market.

The experimental car project would, the company hoped, develop an auto that was a high performance commuter vehicle, easy to drive, easy to park, and with a comfortable ride. But when Charles Levine gained control of Indian late in 1929, just after the stock market crash, the enterprise was abandoned. Indian invested approximately $65,000 on the project, a significant blow to the company’s finances.
Artist Indian Motocycle Co., Springfield MA
Object Name Automobile
Date ca. 1928
Dimensions H-5.3 W-5.3 L-11 feet
Credit line Gift of Esta K. Manthos
Museum Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
On Exhibit Yes, Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History