Vintage, yesteryear and retro biking
trying to add more info on this series, the nonclementure and the associated colours
In 1948 the following Malvern Star advert appeared and the colours were "aglow with soft pastel colours"
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It was renamed in 1953 as the 'Coronation' no doubt as the contribution to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth and the colours were Royal Purple and Gold.
and zoomed to show the Royal Purple and Gold paint
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now even earlier!
"A black and white photograph of Sir Hubert Opperman riding a bicycle, wearing a beret and Knickerbockers. A handwritten note on the back reads 'TRYING OUT / NEW MODEL / CORONATION / Special / 1937'."
source National Museum Australia
What Malvern Star had promoted in 1948 as "the new look in ladies cycles" had, if the inscription on the photo is correct, been developed 11 years earlier.
The announcement of the 1937 Coronation range included the following:
The remainder of the range includes models to suit every type of rider, and takes in particularly striking ladies' models which undoubtedly will do much to further popularise the cycle among the fair sex."
and now a really useful size.
Big thanks to the National Museum of Australia for their quick replies to my requests and the granting permission to use the photo on this forum.
So it seems there was at least one male version of the bike, and it was called a Coronation, but the Coronation was for King George VI's coronation, not Elizabeth II's.
Great photo. I like what they have done with the front mudguard stays too.
No photo of this model in ladies or gents version in 1938 or 1939 catalogue.
There was a ladies model on Ebay last week, with a 1946 serial number, 6M 3725. It sold for $461.00. Is the buyer reading this? The seller said "I have been told it was built in melbourne in 1956"
It had 3 stars, 1 in each head lug, and 1 in the open head. I have not seen this treatment on any other 'coronation' model.
This is the earliest one I have seen, if serial numbers are anything to go by.
These are the years and quantities I have recorded for these shapely frame over the years. I did not start recording this model until a few years ago. I have seen a lot that I didnt bother to record .
1946 x 1
1947 x 1
1948 x 1
1949 x 2
1950 x 1
1954 x 1
1956 x 1
The 3 stars in the head of the pictured '1937' model are a worry. I have not seen any Malvern Star with more than 2 stars in an open head that was built prior to 1939. (That doesnt mean they didnt make one though, just means I havnt seen one)
Oppy was 33 in 1937, and race and record fit. That looks more like his post war chin and spare tyre to me. But it might be my imagination!
Hi, I am a newby to forum and joined due to Elizabethan information. Have a 1953 which was bought for my Mum (have purchase receipt somewhere) Enjoying finding out more about it, happy to share my piccies also -dear old thing, I love it.
I am very keen to see photos of the bike, and its condition.
And to read of the story that goes with the bike.
The bike that Mr Opperman is riding is a Candian CCM Flyte
More details here of this model...
http://www.oldbike.eu/museum/1930s/1936 ... reamlined/
the front fork is different, the down tube is different, the seat stays are different, the guards are different, and given the close association between Opperman and MS, and the three stars on the headtube, my thoughts are with it being as it is described, subject to Warren's concerns with the date for reasons he set out above.
It's obviously not the identical bike to the 1936 model Flyte pictured. But this is a unique design covered by patents and is the result of a big buck design exercise, inspired by the American Flocycle. Bruce Small did not have those design resources, so he must have used their patents. Is it in a MS catalogue?
I've written to the museum to ask what they know about it. If anyone else knows its back story I'd be very interested to hear
I have a similiar photo of opperman on that bike in a kids story book, called, 'The Boy' Annual for 1946-7. One of those books that kids got for Christmas back then. This supports my theory that the museum photo was taken later than 1937. Why would they use a 9 year old photo of Oppy in this book, when there were hundreds of current photos of him available. I reiterate, that is not oppy's 1937 face or body, in that photo. Check other photos of him post war. Dont come too far forward though, as he was in a pretty good paddock once he got into federal parliament.
The CCM bike is nothing like the Malvern Star. No patents breached there, some visual cues maybe, some inspiration derived from, maybe. No structural principles copied. The CCM is unique. The Malvern Star is a pretty standard frame really, with some curvy bits added.
Yes, there are even pictures of Malvern's ads posted in this very thread.
Clean your glasses and take another look at the bike in the picture, versus the bike in your picture.
Bruce Small thought much of his company's design when it was released in August 1948
There was a strong marketing campaign around Australia in early August 1948.
Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954), Thursday 5 August 1948, page 6
and that the design was BETTER than other streamlined bikes from North America.
Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), Wednesday 4 August 1948, page 6
which all points strongly to the Oppy photo being taken not in 1937 but 1948 as Warren has reasoned.
Great research, and very much appreciated.
Just clarifying that the picture of oppy on a 'gents' version of the curvy frame, appeared in 'The Boy' annual, published, as far as I can gather, for Christmas 1946. I am surmising that the photo was taken sometime earlier that year. Wartime photos of Oppy on bikes he was pictured in uniform.
We can also surmise, that the gents version was a prototype.
(I have 1970 Skidstar GT, with Elizabethen/Coronation forks, that makes a pretty good approximation of a gents version, and have seen a cobbled together roughly, later creation, in the Farren collection.)
One of the most horrible-looking bicycles ever made, and they weren't very nice to ride either.
Loved the original 'Royal' paintwork tho.
Might do my '81 Apollo II in that colour. Much better bike, too.
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