As luck would have it, one is about to cross the auction block and it’s the perfect combo of vintage style, kiddie-level performance and a very personal touch. This 1969 Indian MM5A has had only one owner until 2020, and the father of the owner hand-painted an Indian headdress logo on the tank right after acquisition.
The item, currently listed with Mecum and about to hit the auction block at the Glendale event on March 18, 2021, will sell at no reserve. It is in highly original condition and in perfect running form, has the original 50cc engine and a recovered seat, and even the original owner’s manual. The fenders and exhaust are chrome and the bike itself presents in excellent condition.
The Indian Mini Mini was designed for kids aged 4 to 5 and came with rear learning wheels, which this item no longer has. The 50cc engine develops 1.5 hp and a top speed of 10 to 12 mph (16-19 kph). Gas mileage is an impressive 200 miles per gallon (1.18 L/100km). The bike has a centrifugal clutch but no transmission, a twist throttle and two hand brakes. Selling for just $249 when new, it sits at 18 inches (45.7 cm) tall and weighs 57 pounds (26 kg).
The MM5A will sell at no reserve, so there’s one more reason to keep an eye out for this item, if you know a kid who’d love it.