A 1921 Indian Powerplus motorcycle is one of the star lots in the Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles, held at the Bristol Classic Car Show on Sunday, June 17.

A 1921 Indian Powerplus, in current ownership since 1975, from long term dry storage £10000-20000


At nearly 100 years old, the Indian going under the Charterhouse hammer is a 1921 Powerplus model. With its 1,000cc V twin engine producing a healthy 16hp in its day mated to a 3-speed hand change gearbox this motorcycle has miraculously survived in an unrestored state and has the most wonderful patina that is impossible to recreate.

Charterhouse auction

A 1921 Indian Powerplus, in current ownership since 1975, from long term dry storage £10000-20000

It was bought by the West Country farmer owner in 1975 with a view to restoring the bike over time. However, during the past 43 years of ownership, he has never ridden the bike. He did start to restore the motorcycle once but gave up after he replaced a rusty front wheel deciding that it was such an original state that preservation was better than restoration, and pushed it back into his barn. It remained until Matthew Whitney, head of classic cars and motorcycles at Charterhouse recently visited the farmer and valued the Indian at £10,000-20,000* and it was entered into the sale.



Show visitors can view the lots for free on Saturday but must purchase a catalogue to gain entry to the auction room on Sunday. These can be bought on the day for £10 each, gaining access for two people.


For further information regarding this auction, or enter a classic or vintage motorcycle into the Netley Marsh Motorcycle Auction on 1st September or a classic car into the Sherborne Castle Classic Car Show on 15th July, contact Matthew Whitney or Naomi Grabham at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email mw@charterhouse-auction.com


*plus 13.2% buyer’s premium (inc VAT)


Click here to buy advance tickets, available at £10 each (a £3 saving on the gate price). Under 16s go free, and free parking is available.