1878 52″ Ordinary
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.
Of course, one thing transcends all vintage genres – an unrestored ‘oily rag’ of a vehicle is the ultimate find.
This delightful old tool is just that, a ‘barn find’ that has been well cared for but not used for a while.
It still retains its front tyre – 131 years old!
The front wheel is in very good condition even though it’s unrestored. The original spokes are good too.
This Ordinary has a distinctive style. I don’t know the manufacturer.
Because it has not been overpainted, you can see what appears to be the remains of a maker’s badge on the headstock.
Everything is functional on this machine.
I’ve not seen handlebars like these.
They have a strange shape.
They need repairing, as you can see below.
The rear wheel has had a new tyre fitted, and new spokes too.
I’m hoping someone will be able to identify it for me from these photos.
UPDATE: This Ordinary has now been sold