Senior member / gold
In the 1930s, Crocker's motorcycles were more advanced and faster than anything Harley-Davidson had. And today, they're worth more.
An opportunity missed. As Monday morning quarterbacks, we have the good fortune of hindsight. Indian definitely was miss-managed and miss-engineered. When everyone else was going to a more powerful and efficient overhead valve engine, Indian Motorcycle persisted in using a less powerful and less efficient sidevalve/flathead engine. Dupont made the brand more colorful and appealing, but in the end, they should have seen the writing on the wall regarding engines.The DuPonts sold the whole thing to Ralph Rodgers right after WWII and it was he who dropped the ball and destroyed what was left of the company. The 1949 vertical twins was the biggest but not the only reason. They had an OHV prototype Chief using a Vincent engine. Had they gone that route it might have save both Indian and Vincent.