1940 Indian Chief – CHP

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This magnificent 1940 Indian Chief CHP motorcycle took 6.5 years to collect and build. It is a great example of California Highway Patrol (CHP) bikes that were in service in the early 40’s. The police parts were collected over 6 years at various places and they are all original police issue parts. The machine was assembled and built by Bob Stark and it has resided in his museum for many years. It has a clear California title but it is not registered. This machine is a great study in the history of motorcycles in use by police agencies.


900 on this motor and build. Speedometer works and is correct for the year.


Excellent paint that has rarely seen daylight. Correct pd black and white with appropriate decals and striping.

Sheet Metal

Excellent, original sheet metal.




Bike runs solid and true. It was correctly put together with exacting factory tolerances by Bob Stark. It was built to run and it has been broken in with @900 miles on it. Tires are new and supple Uniroyal 450-18.

Wheels & Tires



Correct CA title, paperwork, never licensed. Correct license plate for the year that may be register able. Correct Indian factory numbers; CDO 2288 Motor; 3403203 Frame.

Valuation Resource Guide

This 1940 Indian Chief CHP is an EXCELLENT + +. “A close to perfect original or a very well restored motorcycle. A motorcycle that is stunning to look at and any flaws are minor and not readily apparent. Everything works as new. All equipment is original, new old stock (NOS)…”


There are many exquisite accessories on this machine which set it up as a CHP machine. - Sculptured siren, mechanical foot lever operated. - Motorola Radio package including radio head, microphone, rear rack and radio saddlebags with correct Motorola tags. (the bags are empty) - Police issue spotlights, ticket writing light, Rear CHP Star Emblem - Original Tank Emblems - Police Generator and Regulator, high output

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