The Indian Dispatch-Tow was first brought out in 1931 as a vehicle specially designed for use by automobile dealers. At that time cars needed more frequent garage maintenance (lubrication and running adjustments) and two men were usually needed to pick up a car at a customer’s home. The Dispatch-Tow was equipped with a tow bar.
After arriving at the customer’s home the mechanic would connect the three-wheeler to the rear of the car and tow it back to the garage and vice versa when the car was ready. It was quite a successful design and in its first year on the market nearly 400 were sold. Harley –Davidson had also been contemplating a similar device and one year later the company brought out the Servi-car.
This design would outlive the Indian DT by many years: it was produced till 1973. A smart design point was that the rear axle had a track of 42 “ (1100 mm) which was similar to that of most cars of the time. On unmade roads and snow tracks the Servi-Car could use automobile-made tracks.
In addition to its intended use for car delivery and retrieval, the Servi-Car was also popular as a utility vehicle for small businesses and mobile vendors. They proved to be particularly popular with the police departments, some of which still used Servi-Cars into the 1990s. The Servi-Car used variations of H-D’s 45 “ (742 cc) side valve engine. From 1932 to 36 the engine of the “R” was used; that was changed in 1937 for the engine used in the” W” model, which differed mainly in having a recirculating oil system instead of the constant-loss system of the “R”.
When the Servi-Car was introduced in 1932, it used the same transmission as the R solo model. This was replaced the next year by a constant-mesh transmission with three speeds and a reverse gear. In 1937, the braking system was upgraded to have a drum brake on each wheel. This 1937 Servi-Car is in excellent original condition with a wonderful patina and is ready to be put to its intended use again. | She is running well and comes complete with tow-bar and a pair of leg shields.
She has been repainted from originally red to blue a long time ago and the box still bears the name of the company that formerly used her: Brooklyn Chevrolet, 4343 Pearl Road, Shady 5610 .
Would they still be in business?
Report by yesterdays.nl