1973 Indian MM5A

SOLD FOR: $3,250

Seller accepted post-auction offer.

Sold on July 20, 2023

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Also known as the Mini Bambino or the Mini Mini, the Indian MM5A was a mini bike designed for little children (4-5 year olds) to become familiar with motorcycles, but also the Indian brand. There were two marketing goals with this bike – encourage older riders to share the Indian experience with their children, and also prime the pump for the next generation of riders to want Indian motorcycles. Training wheels were an optional extra that could be mounted on either the axle or the shock mounting bolt. If you chose the latter option, the bike could still be leaned over approximately 25 degrees before the training wheels touched.

In a period ad, Indian called it “the world’s safest and most complete little motorcycle.”

Everything about this bike is small. The top speed was 10-12 miles per hour – so slow because the intake manifold is absolutely minuscule. The engine is a 50cc unit made by Morini, producing all of 1.5 horsepower. Dry weight was just 57 pounds, and was equipped with a centrifugal clutch, no transmission. You got a twist throttle and two hand brakes, one for each wheel. It’s just 18 inches tall and the MSRP was a scant $249. In fact, the only number that was big was the estimated miles per gallon – a whopping 200!

This example is VIN: 38198. The seller acquired this bike from the original owner’s collection three years ago.

The true mileage is unknown.

The seller states this motorcycle has been primarily kept in a collection. They recommend a complete service prior to riding this example.

Custom paint job with gold inlay.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on the original tires.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located in Universal City, Texas, this Indian is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any MM5A stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information


Universal City, Texas








True Mileage Unknown




Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country


Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

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Total Bids Placed: 13

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: YZR500

After the auction ended, the seller accepted an offer of $3,250 including buyer fees.

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
YZR500 July 27, 2023 10:59 am PDT $1,150
CelrR July 27, 2023 10:58 am PDT $1,050 Auto
YZR500 July 27, 2023 10:58 am PDT $1,001
CelrR July 27, 2023 4:45 am PDT $850
trader July 27, 2023 12:22 am PDT $750
Uncle Jerry July 26, 2023 10:36 am PDT $650
Diego July 26, 2023 9:26 am PDT $550
Uncle Jerry July 26, 2023 9:26 am PDT $500 Auto
Uncle Jerry July 26, 2023 7:49 am PDT $450 Auto
CelrR July 26, 2023 7:49 am PDT $350
Uncle Jerry July 24, 2023 7:16 am PDT $250 Auto
Diego July 24, 2023 7:16 am PDT $150
Uncle Jerry July 20, 2023 7:55 pm PDT $1
Auction started July 20, 2023 10:36 am PDT
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