A fine, full size, static replica of an 1867-1869 Roper steam powered velocipede,
Lot 235
A fine, full size, static replica of an 1867-1869 Roper steam powered velocipede,
US$ 20,000 - 25,000
£12,000 - 15,000
Lot Details
A fine, full size, static replica of an 1867-1869 Roper steam powered velocipede,
constructed of an oak and steel frame, handcrafted ash wheels, brass tank, fixtures and pressure gauges.

Footnotes

  • Historians are still unclear with the actual date of its creation. This steam-powered velocipede was built by Sylvester H. Roper of Massachusetts. He would often demonstrate at circuses and fairs. Its power source was a vertical firetube boiler heated by charcoal. Interestingly enough, Roper died of a heart-attack on 1 June 1896, while driving a twin-cylinder creation of this Velocipede at 40 mph on a bicycle track in Boston.

    Currently this machine is preserved in the Smithsonian Motorcycle Collection and unavailable to the public.
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  1. Kurt Forry
    Specialist - Automobilia
    Bonhams
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    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, 94103
    United States
    Work +1 415 503 3248
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