Lot 343: Monoplane Evocation. Built in the late 20th century, a quarter-size, scratch-built fanciful representation of an early Bleriot-style monoplane, the construction appears to be based on a late Victorian bath chair, with 65cm solid-tyred direct-spoked wheels fitted to a 60cm wide common axle with plain bearings, the galleried back driver's seat is supported by full elliptical springing, the chassis is completed with direct steering to a single front wheel with acute castered forks and single vertical pin bearing, a 'U'-shaped bar allows for the support of the feet on either side of the steering tiller, mounted above the driver is a single-cylinder four-stroke engine, probably removed from a lawn mower, but featuring spinning magneto-electrics, a cooling fan, carburettor, exhaust and petrol tank, the crank spins a three-bladed propeller via a stabilising gear, the tail fin, wings and propeller have been created by stretching a doped fabric-style material over a solid-bar framework, creating a birdlike effect, clearly manufactured to a high standard, its specific original purpose is unknown, although possibly designed for a soapbox derby, or a cycle race of the Goodwood variety, height 116cm, width 270cm, length 206cm. Exhibition as a fun display piece in a motoring museum or transport collection would be ideal. (1)
Dominic Winter's Automobilia & Motoring Literature Vintage Bicycles Maritime & Railways, Toys & Models
Thursday, 12th November 2015
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