- This motorcycle was produced the year Indian began WWII military production.
- Indian was the first mass-produced motorcycle in the U.S. beginning in 1901.
- Original Indian production ended in the U.S. in 1953, and several attempts have been made to revive it, including in the late 1990s.
Indian was the first make of motorcycle to be mass-produced in the United States beginning in 1901. Although this Indian Four was an appealing choice for fans of four-cylinder cycles, production of this model stopped after a few 1942 models were produced. After World War II, the company decided not to resume production of four-cylinder motorcycles. It opted to produce smaller models which cost less to manufacture. This was the last four-cylinder motorcycle made in America.
Although Indian discontinued production in America in 1953, the name lived on for some years. It was used in the 1950s and 1960s on AJS and Royal Enfield bikes built in England. By the mid-1960s, motorcycles bearing the name Indian were no longer produced until the name was revived in the late 1990s.