c.1960 Dinky-Cycle Collapsible Motor Scooter
Engine no. J1128
A 'monkey bike' before the term was first coined, the Dinky-Cycle lightweight collapsible motor scooter was invented and patented (no. 2594034) in 1949/52 by Keith T King of Colchester, Illinois and made by the C & E Manufacturing Company of Memphis, Missouri. The mostly aluminum machine weighs around 50lbs and is powered by a 2.5hp Clinton fan-cooled, two-stroke engine with pull-cord starting, which drives the rear wheel by a combination of belt and chain. Its makers marketed the Dinky-Cycle as the ideal companion for the private pilot, who could pack it in his/her kit bag and thus avoid the need to summon a taxi to travel from the airfield to the nearest town. Flying magazine enthused about the Dinky-Cycle it had on test in 1962: "With your own wheels aboard, you can buzz into towns even as much as 10 or 12 miles away for a nickel's worth of gas and oil and what's more you can be on your way just as soon as you have the bird tied down on the field." Its price was a little under $190. This example was purchased from Charles Katz of Wilmington, Delaware and appears to have had minimal use. A most interesting acquisition for the scooter or mini-bike collector. Sold on a bill of sale.
- Please note that the engine number listed on the catalog is actually the frame number.