1935 Speedwell Price List

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1935 Speedwell Price List

Postby Johnj » Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:15 pm

I've just purchased a 1935 Speedwell brochure. It is chock-full of interesting info for Speedwell collectors and gives a really good idea of the price-points for bikes, not to mention the kinds of equipment available in the mid-1930s.
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Re: 1935 Speedwell Price List

Postby rideon » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:23 pm

thats awesome, put me down for a royal olympic with the fancy nickel plate finish option!
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Re: 1935 Speedwell Price List

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:40 pm

Wonderful find John and thanks for sharing. Just out of interest, and for comparisons sake, what was the average wage in 1935?

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Re: 1935 Speedwell Price List

Postby stackyard59 » Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:50 pm

Well done JJ,Note the detail in the factory exit ,as well as the Villiers two speed option and the S/A fixed two speed option.
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Re: 1935 Speedwell Price List

Postby Johnj » Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:10 pm

bigfriendlyvegan wrote:Wonderful find John and thanks for sharing. Just out of interest, and for comparisons sake, what was the average wage in 1935?

David



Average adult male wage was about 80/ (£4) for a 45-hour week. This had declined from about £5 per week in 1930. So the Popular roadster was about 2 weeks wages (equivalent to roughly $2400 today) and the most expensive racing bikes about 4 weeks ($4800). These conversions are a bit problematic, because families normally had only one income, housing costs were lower, consumer goods were much more expensive, and disposable income was lower. Nevertheless its clear that buying a new bike was a serious investment of cash at this time.
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Re: 1935 Speedwell Price List

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:52 pm

Johnj wrote:
bigfriendlyvegan wrote:Wonderful find John and thanks for sharing. Just out of interest, and for comparisons sake, what was the average wage in 1935?

David



Average adult male wage was about 80/ (£4) for a 45-hour week. This had declined from about £5 per week in 1930. So the Popular roadster was about 2 weeks wages (equivalent to roughly $2400 today) and the most expensive racing bikes about 4 weeks ($4800). These conversions are a bit problematic, because families normally had only one income, housing costs were lower, consumer goods were much more expensive, and disposable income was lower. Nevertheless its clear that buying a new bike was a serious investment of cash at this time.


Thanks John, just what I was looking for. As the brochure says, the bike was the cheapest and easiest means of travel to and from work. Still true for many people, if only they'd realise it.

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Re: 1935 Speedwell Price List

Postby Penduick69 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:47 pm

Hi John,

Thanks for providing me with information on the bike. I did write the serial number down but misplaced it. The bike is in an old train wagon down Jervis bay (holiday shack). But I have taken pictures viewable via link below.
http://m1295.photobucket.com/albumview/albums/penduick69/photo_zps815dcc9c.jpg.html?o=0

Next time I am down will get serial number. I picked it up in Manly. I don't know if the bike is in it's original condition. I suspect not as tyres look modern and everything still works.
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