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!
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