1953 Raleigh Gents Bicycle with Cyclemaster Unit,
Lot 403
1953 Cyclemaster 32cc Frame no. 170559 Engine no. 121541
Sold for £184 (US$ 231) inc. premium

Lot Details
1953 Raleigh Gents Bicycle with Cyclemaster Unit,
1953 Cyclemaster 32cc
Registration no. MWX 91
Frame no. 170559
Engine no. 121541
An ingenious design that originated on the Continent and was built in the UK by EMI, the Cyclemaster wheel - a single-cylinder, two-stroke engine complete with fuel tank, spoked into a heavy-duty rim - replaced the rear wheel of a pedal cycle, thus providing a cheap means of powered transport in the austere 1950s. Originally displacing 25.7cc, the Cyclemaster was enlarged to 32.6cc for 1952, gaining a small but useful power increase in the process. Cyclemaster progressed to offering complete machines and later on a conventional moped - the Cyclemate. Production of the Cyclemaster engine unit ceased in 1958 and that of the Cyclemate two years later. This Cyclemaster is offered for restoration together with a Raleigh gent’s bicycle, which is fitted with rod-operated brakes, dynamo lighting and Sturmey-Archer gears. Sold without reserve, the machine comes with old-style buff logbook (recording only one owner) and an original Cyclemaster instruction manual.
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