Page 103. 1948 American Whizzer on Goodrich Bicycle. SOLD

1948 American Whizzer on Goodrich Bicycle


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It’s not often that a 60-year-old American Whizzer comes up for sale, especially in such good condition and in running order.

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WHIZZER HISTORY

In August 1939, Breene-Taylor Engineering, a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of airplane parts, announced the availability of the Whizzer Model “D” Bicycle Motor. This kit sold for $54.95 and included an air-cooled, four-cycle engine that was capable of producing 1.375 horsepower as well as a 2/3 gallon fuel tank. Approximately 1000 Model “D” motors were made and sold. A new models was introduced in the following year with a few improvements. By 1942, only around 2500 had sold. So, Dietrich Kohlsatt, who supplied the capital, and Martin Goldman, an attorney for Breene-Taylor, bought the Whizzer Motor operation from Breene-Taylor.

In 1943, the company had to lobby the US government to be allowed to produce motorcycles for the domestic market. They convinced them that they would be the ideal way for defence workers to commute to work. The new model, for defence workers only, had a belt drive. This model, the ‘Model F,’ was then introduced to the public in 1945.

By May 1948, they announced sales of over 150,000, and introduced the ‘Model J.’ Whizzer sold about 51,000 Model “J” motors at a cost of $97.55. This was the last of the engines sold separately before the ‘Pacemaker’ was marketed as a complete cycle and engine combination.

In the USA, you can now buy a brand new, retro-style Whizzer. But original examples, such as the one here, are now very expensive in America and, justifiably, considered to be an essential part of American motorcycling history. The advertising motto in the advert for the new Whizzer is a little suspect though – “Making history better?”

It’s interesting to compare a new retro Whizzer with an original.

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This Whizzer is not currently MOT’d. It was not originally fitted with a front brake. If your MOT station requires one, the easiest options are to buy a cable operated caliper brake (available from vintage bicycle parts sellers) or buy a bicycle front wheel with a drum brake already fitted.

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The Whizzer is an icon in the USA.

They certainly get a lot of attention from other road users and passers by when you take one out in this country too.

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If, like us, you’re blessed with eccentric motorcycling tastes, you’ll certainly have a lot of fun with this 138cc bicycle!

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PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE BIDDING

OWNER: Peter Smith

LOCATION: Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23, United Kingdom.

DELIVERY: is not included in this auction. Our website contains details of recommended delivery services.
United Kingdom – delivery is £35 to main parts of England.
Europe – delivery is under €400 Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, etc.
North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan – we’ll organize shipping for you.

PAYMENT: must be made directly to the owner above, not to me.

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

FEEDBACK: I do everything I can to make your purchase a pleasurable experience. But I only leave feedback when someone has taken the trouble to leave it for me.

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.
2-Stroke engines – and cyclemotors in particular – are notoriously unreliable. Basic servicing is generally required if unused for even a few weeks.

These are rare vehicles whose values are not necessarily based on running order.
Unless an auction description specifically states that the vehicle is running, THE VEHICLE IS SOLD FOR RESTORATION.
I purposely understate the condition of any vintage vehicle sold on behalf of a 3rd party. I am not liable for the condition of any vehicle not owned by me.
IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE ABOVE, PLEASE DO NOT BID.

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