1878 52″ Ordinary (’Penny Farthing’)

1878 52″ Ordinary

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I’ve a confession to make. I’m a motorcyclist, firmly rooted in the 20th century, and pre-1900 machines are, to me, like prehistory. Nevertheless, I’m a curious sort, and friends who know more than me have been helping me understand about these wonderful beasts that represent the origins of motorized transport.

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Of course, one thing transcends all vintage genres – an unrestored ‘oily rag’ of a vehicle is the ultimate find.

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This delightful old tool is just that, a ‘barn find’ that has been well cared for but not used for a while.

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It still retains its front tyre – 131 years old!

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The front wheel is in very good condition even though it’s unrestored. The original spokes are good too.

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This Ordinary has a distinctive style. I don’t know the manufacturer.

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Because it has not been overpainted, you can see what appears to be the remains of a maker’s badge on the headstock.

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Everything is functional on this machine.

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I’ve not seen handlebars like these.

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They have a strange shape.

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They need repairing, as you can see below.

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The rear wheel has had a new tyre fitted, and new spokes too.

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I’m hoping someone will be able to identify it for me from these photos.

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UPDATE: This Ordinary has now been sold

Published on May 19, 2009 at 10:49 am  Leave a Comment  

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