ADA — Black Horse, of Ada, knows a good thing when he sees it.
He purchased this 1938 Indian motorcycle from a Vietnam veteran. The motorcycle needed a lot of work, so that’s what Horse did. He got it together five years ago and has been driving it ever since.
Indian is an American brand motorcycle produced in Springfield, Massachusetts, from 1901 to 1953. The Indian motorcycles are known for their vintage style. These motorcycles garnered the attention of racing fanatics and movie stars, such as Steve McQueen, who owned two Indian motorcycles, and James Dean.
The company’s demise occurred when it launched the Indian Arrow model after World War II. That motorcycle proved to be poorly engineered and unreliable, forcing the Indian motorcycle company into bankruptcy in 1953.
According to Horse, this is the last 1938 in the world with a left-hand side car with matching numbers. The Native American logo is painted on the gas tank.
His granddaughter, Danille Vassill-Horse, 12, certainly enjoys the rides.