Page 194. 1956 Phillips Gadabout Moped. SOLD

1956 Phillips Gadabout Moped

V5C – DVLA registration mark 899 XUS

Since turning this hobby into a full-time business, I’ve had to concentrate more on the higher-price vehicles. So occasionally I have to put cyclemotors onto ebay that are unrestored …because I’ve just not had time to do the various little jobs on them.

This is a rare early Gadabout. I bought it from a registration dealer with the intention of restoring it.

I used the saddle for my other Gadabout before I sold it – SO IT IS BEING SOLD WITHOUT ITS SADDLE.

The leather strap in the photos onthe rear carrier has also been used for something else, so is not included in the sale.

The engine turns. It appears to be the original engine (matching engine and frame number, except for a juxtaposition of numbers on the V5C).

The bodywork is very good.

It’s missing a handelbar grip and petrol tap.

I’m sure a fellow enthusiast will enjoy putting this dear old fellow back on the road.

The final price is up to you guys – because it’s a 99p start and no reserve. Good luck!

 

 

 

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Once the idea of ‘mo-peds’ took hold in Europe, motorcycle manufacturers worked hard to get an example onto the market. Many British companies bought in German engines to power their machines, and Phillips used the Rex. Rex was a well-established German company who manufactured front-mounted cycle-attachment engines (which were already being imported into GB and sold as the rear-mounted Cyclaid).

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The Phillips moped was cheap at its launch in 1955 but it was not as good a machine as its competitors. It sold for £57 17/- 11d in 1955 (up to 66 guineas a year later in the advert below)

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But that’s what we like – mopeds that are not as good as their competitors. It’s called ‘onedownmanship.’

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PHILLIPS GADABOUT

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The P39 Gadabout made its debut at the 1955 Earls Court Show. This was the show that ‘killed’ the cyclemotor, with new fangled ‘mo-peds’ introduced by many different companies from Great Britain and Europe. So competition was very strong, and the Gadabout didn’t offer either a low enough price or sufficiently innovative design to stand out from the others. The NSU Quickly stole the glory …and most of the sales.

Phillips did have a strong export market for its bicycle division though. My guess is that, to boost sales until they picked up in the home market, the Gadabout would have been foisted upon the British Commonwealth countries. There’s a brief introduction to J. A. Phillips & Co. Ltd Cycles at the Online Bicycle Museum http://www.oldbike.eu -

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Spares for the Phillips Gadabout Rex engine are available from Mark Daniels. Email: mopedland@mdhercules.fsnet.co.uk

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PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE BIDDING

OWNER: BuyVintage Online Auctions

LOCATION: Brighton, E.Sussex, United Kingdom

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DELIVERY is not included in this auction.

This means that it is not my responsibility,

BUT I can put you in touch with a delivery chap and organize collection;

you liaise with them direct re delivery and pay them separately.

Great Britain - delivery is ONLY £70 for this cyclemotor to main parts of England;

extra to extremities such as Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, etc (and may take longer to arrive)

(Please email your postcode if you want to confirm price).

THIS BARGAIN PRICE DELIVERY IS ON A PART-LOAD BASIS.

(Collection when they’re in my area; delivery when in yours).

LOCAL DELIVERY FREE

If you want it fast, please organize your own collection.

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Ireland & N. Ireland – I’ll recommend some companies, but you’ll have to organize it yourself.

Europe – delivery is probably around €400 to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, etc. I can recommend two companies.

North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc – I’ll organize all the crating and shipping for you.

PAYMENT: Paypal is okay for cheap items; otherwise deposit only on paypal please.

INTERNATIONAL PURCHASERS:

You must communicate with me before the end of the auction to discuss payment and shipping options.

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AFTER PURCHASE: Please email me your phone numbers; I prefer to speak to all purchasers personally.

I do everything I can to make your purchase a pleasurable experience.

I’ve been selling obscure vintage vehicles on ebay since 2002.

Sharing similar interests, I’ve become good friends with many of my customers.

Please feel free to email or phone with any comments or questions…

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VEHICLE CONDITION: Vintage vehicles are wonderful beasts

– but each has an individual personality and they sometimes have bad days just like you and me.
You will need basic mechanical skills (or a local mechanic) to use one on a regular basis.

Two-strokes invariably need basic servicing before starting them, if they’ve been left to stand for more than 3 weeks or so.

These are rare vehicles whose values are not necessarily based on running order.

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE ABOVE, PLEASE DO NOT BID

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