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Indian M1 Military Prototype

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Extra Light Solo
Circa 1942

Indian developed the M1 for World War 2.  It was designed to be dropped from an airplane in a crate.  In theory, the soldier would take the M1 out of the crate after air drop and drive away.  The lightweight design would make it easy for soldiers to lift and carry the M1 when necessary.  However, the idea was never carried through to production.

During testing at the Indian factory, employees would drop the crated vehicles from the roof of the factory.  The orange tag on the rear fender represents its inventory number.

This prototype was considered the forerunner of the Post-War Arrow lightweights.

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