NAUGATUCK, CT – A rare 1932 Indian Four is the latest model added to the vintage collection at Indian Motorcycle of Springfield in Westfield, Ma. Owner Dennis Bolduc retrieved the the blue beauty from a single-room man cave built into a barn in Coventry, CT roughly three weeks ago. It’s not running yet, but it is being shown off this weekend at the Connecticut Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show here.
Calling it “a fresh barn find,” Bolduc reported, “I’d been hearing about that bike for three years.” He finally located the owner and managed to buy it. “The last time it was run was 55 years ago,” said Bolduc. His plan is to “get it running in the spring, display it and ride it.”
Indian built the Four model between 1928 and 1942. It featured a 77-cubic-inch, inline four-cylinder engine. It was based on an Ace motorcycle, a company that Indian purchased in 1927. Bolduc said his Depression-era 1932 Indian Four is a “very rare bike” and that “probably just a couple hundred” were made that year.
While the show was inclusive, the number of unique or unusual bikes was lacking. James Garcia of Torrington, CT brought a customized, “Avatar”-themed 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa.
Deader involvement was light, too, with the only stores bringing new motorcycle models being Brookfield Indian Motorcycle from Brookfield, CT and Wagner Motorsports International from Worcester, MA, which brought BMW, Ducati and KTM models.
Here are a few more pics from the show, which wraps up today at 6 Rubber Ave.