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1998 Indian Ace Prototype Shows What Could Have Been

The name Indian speaks volumes today in the motorcycle world. The biggest thorn in Harley-Davidson’s side since, well, forever, the American bike maker certainly deserves a more significant presence in the media than it currently gets.
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However, given how things are going smoothly over at Indian, the only chance we get to talk about it is when something like the Drag Specialties King of the Baggers takes place, and an Indian trashes a pack of about a dozen Harley baggers all by itself.

That, and when something like this Indian Ace prototype pops up.

Ace is the name of a short-lived Pennsylvania-based bike maker purchased by Indian in 1927. One of their star products was called just that, Ace, and was part of the Indian portfolio for a short period of time back then. The nameplate would go on to live until the 1940s as the Indian Four.

The American company allegedly tried a revival of the nameplate, and back in the late 1990s, it even came up with several prototypes for the new line. The one we have here is part of those “very, very few prototype motorcycles.”

Powered by an S&S V-Twin engine and boasting the proper Ace badging, the motorcycle is now looking for its place in history in the hands of the right owner. The bike, wrapped in red and silver, comes with a solo seat, bumpers, and what is described as a “true dual exhaust.”

The Ace prototype is selling during the now postponed Las Vegas motorcycle auction (the event was moved from January to April), with no estimates being made as to how much it is expected to fetch. What we do know is that this is a no reserve sale, meaning it will go to the highest bidder no matter the sum offered.

The bike is part of the 36-strong Legends Motorcycles Museum collection, crossing the block alongside some 1,750 others, most of them, of course, of Harley-Davidson make.

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

 
 
 
 
 

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