1948 Indian Papoose

I say the word Indian in the motorcycle context and you probably think of a Harley-like bike with fairings and fenders.  But, after the war, Indian also sold smaller stuff until its bankruptcy in 1955.  Find this 1948 Indian Papoose for sale on eBay in Stoney Point, NY with a $3,200 buy it now. This post is part of DT’s 2016 Birthday Celebration of 100 cars; enjoy the ride!

You’d also think American when mentioning Indian, but this little thing was actually a British built Corgi Mark-I built by Brockhouse in Blighty.

The Papoose/Mark-I took its inspiration from “Wellbike” motorcycles that were designed to be dropped from a plane with a paratrooper.  You would think that after having lived through the war years, buyers would want to avoid things that reminded them of Operation Market Garden.

See a better bike to drop out of a plane over occupied territories? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com

Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent.