Any help on what it’s worth.


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Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
598
442
Concord NC
#21
For comparison, here is my 1942 Hercules
http://www.fattiretrading.com/42herc.html
I have another Hercules, double bar, motobike style and several catalogs.
Wow! I bet there's a story behind that one! I question the date, though. By 1942 the British would have been fully involved in WWII, and they probably didn't have resources to spare on bikes like that. It may have been bought in 1942, but I'm guessing it was built 1939 or maybe earlier.
 

fat tire trader

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Oct 29, 2010
2,759
1,006
San Quentin, California
www.fattiretrading.com
#22
Wow! I bet there's a story behind that one! I question the date, though. By 1942 the British would have been fully involved in WWII, and they probably didn't have resources to spare on bikes like that. It may have been bought in 1942, but I'm guessing it was built 1939 or maybe earlier.
Read the text on the page with its pictures.
 

Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
598
442
Concord NC
#24
Read the text on the page with its pictures.
Ah, I see I missed the part about the hub dating to 1940. Considering that Dunkirk ended June 1940, I'm surprised Sturmey-Archer was still producing hubs. I bet that didn't last much longer.
 

dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
1,767
4,543
52
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
#25
The saddle is a Dunlop 'Drilastic', pretty similar in construction to a modern Brooks 'Cambium'.
Makes me wonder how my 'Cambium' will fare over time.
 

ZE52414

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 6, 2016
3,872
5,088
33
Peoria, United States
#26
The only thing I’m seeing that resembles a date code on the hub is W-9. Which also reads patent pending for. Would that make it a late 39 or maybe 49? Here’s some more pics to help out. Thanks guys for all the help.
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Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
598
442
Concord NC
#27
The only thing I’m seeing that resembles a date code on the hub is W-9. Which also reads patent pending for. Would that make it a late 39 or maybe 49? Here’s some more pics to help out. Thanks guys for all the help. View attachment 951874
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I'd say that makes it 1939. 80 years old! It may be the camera angle, but the toggle switch looks like it has a long arm, so even that may be original. I believe they shortened the arm on the later designs.
 
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ZE52414

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 6, 2016
3,872
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33
Peoria, United States
#30
I'd say that makes it 1939. 80 years old! It may be the camera angle, but the toggle switch looks like it has a long arm, so even that may be original. I believe they shortened the arm on the later designs.
I’ll get some more pics of it tomorrow. I rolled it into the garage for the time being. :)
 

3-speeder

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 26, 2017
271
445
Lansing, MI, United States
#32
The longer this post gets, the cooler and more interesting this bike gets. Kinda grows on ya. Somebody is going to want to pick this up.
This bike is right up my alley but because it's a ladies model I wouldn't pay more than fifty bucks if it was close by me. Cool old shifter lever and a few other parts that stand out. Love that old SA hub too.
 
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usarnie1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 10, 2015
70
127
Woodland Hills, CA
#34
Hi 3-speeder,

Yesterday, I purchased another 1953 Hercules QEII Coronation Celebration bicycle that was on e-bay. I was the only bidder! The bike was located in Roade Island and it was a pick up only! Good thing I have a cousin who lives 63 miles from the seller! The bike is now in Massachusetts in my cousins garage. My cousin is going to dismantle the bike and ship only the stock parts to me in California. When the stock parts arrive, I will put on all the missing stock parts onto the bike. By looking at the photo, you can see the following non-stock parts: the steer-horn handle bars, white hand grips, pedals (rt one is broken), both rims which are not original (the rear rim has a German Komet Super Coaster brake laced to it). Because I do not want any of the non-stock parts, my cousin will pack up all the stock parts and put them into a small box and off to California they will go! Once they have arrived, I will put on the following stock parts onto the bike: brake calipers and hand controls, both Dunlop wheels (the rear one will have a '53 Hercumatic Hub, a Hercumatic shifter, Brooks brown B66 leather saddle, original handlebars, replaca brown hand grips, original Hercules pedals, etc.

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3-speeder

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 26, 2017
271
445
Lansing, MI, United States
#35
Hi 3-speeder,

Yesterday, I purchased another 1953 Hercules QEII Coronation Celebration bicycle that was on e-bay. I was the only bidder! The bike was located in Roade Island and it was a pick up only! Good thing I have a cousin who lives 63 miles from the seller! The bike is now in Massachusetts in my cousins garage. My cousin is going to dismantle the bike and ship only the stock parts to me in California. When the stock parts arrive, I will put on all the missing stock parts onto the bike. By looking at the photo, you can see the following non-stock parts: the steer-horn handle bars, white hand grips, pedals (rt one is broken), both rims which are not original (the rear rim has a German Komet Super Coaster brake laced to it). Because I do not want any of the non-stock parts, my cousin will pack up all the stock parts and put them into a small box and off to California they will go! Once they have arrived, I will put on the following stock parts onto the bike: brake calipers and hand controls, both Dunlop wheels (the rear one will have a '53 Hercumatic Hub, a Hercumatic shifter, Brooks brown B66 leather saddle, original handlebars, replaca brown hand grips, original Hercules pedals, etc.

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Good score there sir. Nice to have cousins in the right places. :laughing: I'm sure you'll make good use of it. Got a few projects ahead of mine yet.
 
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Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
598
442
Concord NC
#36
The saddle is a Dunlop 'Drilastic', pretty similar in construction to a modern Brooks 'Cambium'.
Makes me wonder how my 'Cambium' will fare over time.
If it lasts 80 years, I'd say you got your money's worth.
 
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rhm

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 1, 2015
35
35
#37
Hi 3-speeder,

Yesterday, I purchased another 1953 Hercules QEII Coronation Celebration bicycle that was on e-bay. I was the only bidder! The bike was located in Roade Island and it was a pick up only! Good thing I have a cousin who lives 63 miles from the seller! The bike is now in Massachusetts in my cousins garage. My cousin is going to dismantle the bike and ship only the stock parts to me in California. When the stock parts arrive, I will put on all the missing stock parts onto the bike. By looking at the photo, you can see the following non-stock parts: the steer-horn handle bars, white hand grips, pedals (rt one is broken), both rims which are not original (the rear rim has a German Komet Super Coaster brake laced to it). Because I do not want any of the non-stock parts, my cousin will pack up all the stock parts and put them into a small box and off to California they will go! Once they have arrived, I will put on the following stock parts onto the bike: brake calipers and hand controls, both Dunlop wheels (the rear one will have a '53 Hercumatic Hub, a Hercumatic shifter, Brooks brown B66 leather saddle, original handlebars, replaca brown hand grips, original Hercules pedals, etc.

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Hmm! What's your cousin going to do with the wheels? If they're surplus, I might have a use for them....
 

Goldenrod

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 14, 2016
296
400
74
Schaumburg
#40
Historical tidbit: I was in the third grade 1953 and my class learned that young Elizabeth was told that she was Queen while in a tourist type tree house in Kenya. My wrinkled old face smiles at the thought that the excited people at Hercules chose a different bike color to honor the trembling young lady. That was the first time that I heard the term but I wanted to build one. The old one is still there and I when up in it a few years ago to look at the giraffes.
 
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