Vintagebikers Rare Pre War Motorized Bike

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by vintagebiker, Jul 2, 2007.

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  1. vintagebiker

    vintagebiker Guest

    OK, here is the internet debut of this rare Motorbike.
    This bike is unrestored and is in as found condition after being stored for over 70 years.

    Built in Illinois by the Anthony Manufacturing Co. in 1935 as a prototype using the British Cyc-Auto 98cc 2 cycle motor. Pedal to start.
    They built 2 of these bikes, one mans and one womans but they never put them into production because the company (Cyc-Auto) that was to provide the motors was sold in 1936 to the British Scott Motorcycle Co.
    It seems the Scott Motorcycle Co. was not interested in selling motors to the American based Anthony Mfg. Company.

    A bit of history:
    Cyc-Auto is credited with being the company which started the Auto Cycles (what motorized bicycles were called in England) craze in England.
    Their first motorized bike, made in 1934 pre dates the Whizzer by 5 years.
    The Whizzer Motor Co. sold their first motor kits for bicycles in late 1939.


  2. Wow, how did you get it? How much is it worth and how does the motor drive the chain?
  3. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    Very nice! Does it run?

  4. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    wonderful flashback, thanks for the history it a worm-gear driving the bottomset?
  5. prowler

    prowler Guest

    Cool old scooter! Wouldn't be able to ride that in Wisconsin as a "motorized bicycle" because the engine is an intregal part of the bike. (it'd be considered a moped or motorcycle) For some reason, Wisconsin states that the motor must be a "bolt on addition to a standard bicycle to be considered a "motorized bicycle"? That's really a nice old antique bike. Definately a collector vehicle. Whatever you do, don't restore it! All these old bikes now are worth far more unrestored than if you mess with them.
  6. Wow! that is a beauty.
  7. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    that's what we have to eventually lobby for nationwide...sry for the side-topic...i didn't want that to go by without commenting.
  8. spunout

    spunout Member

    Now that's a find :evil: . stored for 70 years... :shock: .
    looks like the tank has quite a capacity. thanx for a little history, too.
    Really nice. 8) 8)
  9. Papasaun

    Papasaun Guest

    Great looking bike! I really like the "tool" box. Man I wish I was lucky enough to make a rare find like that!

  10. vintagebiker

    vintagebiker Guest

    Thanks for the compliments, glad you like it much as I do.

    To answer a couple of the questions,

    Yes, it has a worm drive gear that drives the left side sprocket.
    The right side sprocket drives the bike when ridden like a regular bicycle.
    The pedal cranks can disengage from the motor so you can pedal it with the motor off without the belt draging over the motor pulley like the Whizzers.

    It will run, I don't have gas in it because it is kept in my living room in front of the fireplace. Don't want the gas smell in the house.

    I got it from a family member of the shop foreman that built it for the Anthony Mfg. Co.
    As far as $ worth, I guess it is like they say on the Antiques Roadshow when someone brings in a basically one of a kind item, because there has never been one sold, they don't know what it is worth.
    I would guess at an auction of bicycle-motorcycle collectors it might bring about as much as a very early, very nice condition unrestored Whizzer.
    Who knows, maybe more with the right people bidding on it.
  11. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    very cool ride dude :D :D
    it would be nice if they would do that level of engineering with the 2strokes of today :shock:
  12. luke

    luke Guest

    here is a pic from ebay.followed by my bike with a later engine type and a couple of other pics from my hard drive.
    they made a variety of frame tank and engine over the years.the engines built around 1950 on are the best but i prefer the gents bike frame pre 50s.
  13. JE

    JE Guest

    WOW thats a beutiful piece of history.
  14. Barret

    Barret Guest

    I know others have said it, but I'm gonna say it again: WOW!

    As I've grown older (I know, I know, I'm one of the youngest guys on here at 32), I have come to appreciate history so much more than when I was in my teen years and early 20s. This just shows proof how much history is an important part of our lives, and how much we can learn about ourselves from it...

    Thanks for sharing!!
  15. Hey I'm 31 and a metal head! this board is great for bringing all ages together.
  16. She's a beauty. Thats a wonderful bike, In true original it looks like and if I recall correctly you got quite the deal on it. Thanks for sharing.
  17. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    HI VB !

    Back in April. down in the "Let's Ride" category, I posted and article I found about "Underwoods" in the smallest city in Los Angeles County.

    Are you acquainted with it?

    Here in Alabama we have the Barber Museum, which everybody except me has visited.

    Just thought I'd post both links for you collectors to explore.

  18. vintagebiker

    vintagebiker Guest

    Thank you bamabikeguy for the info on the museums.
    No, I had never herd of the Underwood Museum, I enjoyed reading about it though. It is located only about 20 minutes from me. Would love to see it someday.

    The Barber Museum is a must see for me if I ever get in that part of the country. Also, to see the big motorcycle museum in Iowa is a goal of mine(can't remember it's name at the moment).

    This MotoredBikes site is cool, I see there are people from many different countries showing what they collect and ride.
  19. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    it is all because of the people who are here 8) 8) 8)
    ( and a lot of effort by us volunteers :D :D :D )