Page 604. 1957 Mercury Dophin Scooter. SOLD

1957 Mercury Dophin Scooter

98cc Villiers Engine

VERY RARE SCOOTER FOR RESTORATION


With very strong competition in the scooter market at the time, Mercury Industries Ltd did not make many scooters, and the company folded soon after the introduction of the Dolphin. ‘SAA 15’ is one of the few remaining examples. I bought it from the original 1957 owner. Below you can see him sitting on ‘SAA 15’ in 1957…

The scooter is complete, and the engine turns over, but the Dolphin now requires full restoration.

Unrestored vintage vehicles are a sobering reminder of the temporary nature of life.

This would make a very worthwhile project for someone with time on their hands.

My business restores around a hundred motorcycles, scooters, mopeds or bicycles each year, but have to rationalize my projects every 3 months. When I decide a machine has moved too far to the back of the restoration queue, I pass it on to fellow enthusiasts. I have a personal interest in the Mercury marque, and I’d love to see this one back on the road. I hope the successful purchaser will stay in touch with me.

***********************

THE AMAZING NEW MERCURY SCOOTER…

MercuryDolphinad.jpg

Mercury Industries Ltd began motorcycle production in Dudley in 1956 with two 50cc models, the Hermes scooter and Mercette , and the following year produced the Grey Streak motorcycle with a two-speed Villiers 98cc engine which sold for £85.10s.

In 1957 they replaced the Hermes with the Dolphin which had a fan-cooled 98cc 2-speed Villiers, and they released the 60cc Whippet scooter (badged as a Dunkley).

In 1958 the Pippin scooter was built at their new premises in Wolverhampton in small numbers before the company folded due to financial difficulties.

Competition was very strong in the light scooter market, the company made many mistakes, and sales were not successful. So today each of these models is a rare and sought-after collectors item.

To read about the history of MERCURY INDUSTRIES LTD

at the ONLINE MERCURY MUSEUM

PLEASE CLICK HERE

******************

ORIGINAL LOGBOOK for ‘SAA 15’


******************

 

 


******************

LADIES MERCURY CYCLEMASTER

After purchasing the Dolphin, I collected it on my way to kempton Park Autojumble …where I discovered an equally rare and unrestored Mercury machine, this Mercury Ladies Cyclemaster.


******************

*******************************************************************************

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE BIDDING

OWNER: BuyVintage Online Auctions

LOCATION: Brighton, E.Sussex, United Kingdom

***********

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 scooter 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.

***********

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.

***********

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…

***********

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.

********************************************************************************************

If you have any questions about this (or any other vehicle in these BuyVintage Online Auctions),
you can contact Colin in our Customer Service Department between 9am and 7pm daily:

By Phone – (UK 0044) 07866-126469

By email – Buyvintage@mac.com

The Auction Catalogue is our website –

http://www.BuyVintage.co.uk

*************************

TO RETURN TO THE MAIN PAGE

to see what’s currently being sold

PLEASE CLICK HERE – http://buyvintage.co.uk/

width="651"

Published on February 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://buyvintage1.wordpress.com/page-604-1957-mercury-dophin-scooter/trackback/

%d bloggers like this: