Auction Block: 1949 Indian Papoose

Jun 6, 2017

Category: Rides

What began as an efficient motorcycle used during the Second World War by British Special Forces, the Welbike suddenly caught the attention of the public due to its lightweight and reliable nature. It was then in 1948 that the Indian Papoose – inspired by this miniature motorcycle – was made available for public purchase in the United States. This didn’t last for long though and eventually, these little motorcycles became more of a novelty and collector’s item as the years continued to draw on.

Now, this 98cc two stroke Kickstart Papoose was recently sold through Mecum Auctions. It’s a folding motorcycle that still boasts the original tubular steel frame and the Excelsior Spryt motor. The Papoose also proudly gets up to 120 miles per gallon fuel economy, features a top speed of 35 miles per hour, a weight of 95 pounds, and can carry riders up to 200 pounds. Not winning any races anytime soon, but the bike would definitely make for an enjoyable cruise through the countryside.

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