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1951 Indian Papoose

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The 1951 Indian Papoose is designed to fit—folded—in a standard parachute airdrop container. Once on the ground, paratroopers could get the 100cc two-stroke Villiers Sprite engine running within 11 seconds and reach 30 mph.

Manufactured in England by Brockhouse. It’s original purpose was a paratrooper scooter but could also fit in the trunk of your car.

In 1947 the Brockhouse Corgi Mark-I was exported to the US under the Indian Badge and named “Papoose”.  The manufacturing of the small motorcycle went on until October of 1954 when the company stopped production of the bike.

The 1951 Papoose had a parcel luggage rack on the tank, a 12″ Lycette saddle or you could order the better brook saddle at an extra charge.  It also gad the front weathershirld which curved under at the bottom to protect the engine from road dirt.  The new features of the 1951 model were the fullsize saddle and a powerful new headlight.  The frame was round tubing and the stand was a steel stamping.  Neutral was achieved by lifting the offside footpeg.  This little machine also had a horn on the lower bracket of the hydraulic front end in front of the weathershield.

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