VELOCE VINTAGE GENTS RACING TRICYLE 3 WHEEL BIKE RARE on eBay (end time 03-Nov-10 19:44:24 GMT)
A new trike, by Veloce, has turned up for auction on eBay. Yet again my eBay saved searches didn't notice it. So thanks for the tip, Steve.
I haven't heard of Veloce in the trike context. Though Alan has mentioned that the head badge is the same as that of the Velocette motorcycle company.
[Edit] Added after the auction ended: There is no record of Velocette ever having made bicycles in the modern era. I shall say no more before the auction ends to protect the seller's reputation. Caveat emptor! Buyer beware!
The rear end looks remarkably like a Higgins. It is well known that Higgins supplied axles for independent frame builders. At 25" this machine will suit the taller rider.
The following images were borrowed from the eBay auction website, enlarged and sharpened slightly to extend the record of this trike beyond the brief public auction period:
Unless it has been ground off, or the forks swapped for another, the Higgins serial number should be stamped under the bottom bracket shell and/or on the steerer tube. If a number appears in either place then Chris Hewitt can tell you the year of manufacture and quite possibly other details if the trike has been previously registered with him. Or the new owner can simply order his "Higgins Register" for the list and details about several hundred Higgins trikes and bikes: Chris Hewitt's contact telephone number and home address are in the link which follows: (he does not maintain a contact email address or website)
If you know an alternative explanation for a fine trike, by a previously unknown maker, do please leave a message. Or get in touch by email: chris. b at smilemail . dk (Join the dots)
I wonder if this green trike could be a repainted Jack Taylor or Bob Jackson? [Warning 450kB image!]
Note the down-turned rear axle loop, elegant fork crown and long, pointed, perforated lugs! The plot thickens! :-)
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