1960 | Ben Bowden | Spacelander Bicycle | USA

1960 | Ben Bowden | Spacelander Bicycle
1960 | Ben Bowden | Spacelander Bicycle
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Item location: United States
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You could be the proud owner of this vintage one-of-a-kind used Bowden Spacelander bicycle. Originally designed by the famed Ben Bowden; the MG manufactured Spacelander made it’s debut at the “Britain Can Make It” trade exhibition of 1946. After years of searching for a manufacturer the Spacelander finally reached a very limited production run in 1960, executed by Bomard Industries of Muskegon MI of 522 bikes (this number is unconfirmed but frequently sourced as the total production run). It is rumored that Bomard was forced out of business in this year by a lady who claimed she was injured on one of their vibrating chairs (a couple of sources site this as the cause, but there is no documentation; either way it’s a fun story). The bicycles frame was entirely manufactured of fiberglass, with a silky smooth finish showing off the fibers used in construction. A marvel of mid-century post war aerospace design, this bicycle is a must-have for any collector.

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This Spacelander is in overall decent condition. The fiberglass frame remains mostly intact, the notable exceptions are at the non-driveside axle drop out where a portion of the fiberglass has cracked of where a metal bracket formerly was. The drive side axle drop out is also missing the metal bracket however there is no apparent damage to the frame of the bike. There is some cracking and scratching present at the mounting point of the rear tail lamps. The front head lamps and fender are in good shape although in regards to all lights we are uncertain if they are still functional.

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The “Outer Space Blue” color isn’t too heavily faded (very common in the “Stop Sign Red”) but does have some light brown discoloration to it. The handlebars are not original although we have seen vintage photos of Bowdens with this style of handlebars and grips (both grips are cracked and will need replacement if you intend to ride this bike). We’re uncertain if the Troxel saddle is original or not. The whitewall tires, rear rack and pedals are original. Serial plate is present beneath the saddle along the uppermost chromed ridge of the frame and reads “Bomard Industries, Inc…Kansas City, Missouri…U.S. Patent No., 2,537,325 Canadian Patent No. 1951…Serial No. B 010218″. Finally, one of the mounting bolts around the crankset is missing. This bicycle has not been tuned by our shops mechanics but appears to be operational as is. This bike is being sold as is, please see photographs for details.

NOTE: We would highly advise local pick up of this bicycle due to the age and fragile nature as well the price. We will ship frieght in a large wooden crate and pack to the best of our ability but make no guarantees on it’s condition upon arrival if shipped. All bikes are professionally boxed and will be partially broken down to fit size requirements for shipping, some assembly and tuning may be required upon receiving.

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