Withdrawn DoND: ca. 1920 Miami (Flying Merkel?) motobike project

Most Recent BUY IT NOW Items Listed on eBay
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
Location
Massachusetts
Zipcode
01950

lgrinnings

I live for the CABE
Shipping
$85
Deal or No Deal.

Presented here for auction is a circa 1920 Miami (possibly Flying Merkel) motobike project. While I understand that this bicycle represents a pretty uncommon opportunity, I'm not sure if I want to tackle this project myself. As such, I'm floating it up via DoND to see where it goes. What I know...
  1. This bike is genuinely Miami
  2. This frame originally possessed a bottlecap badge
  3. This frame features an offset bottom bracket for a center drive crank
In Shawn's article, The Flying Merkel Bicycle: An Evolving Study, he points out that, "For a Miami frame with a bottle cap hole and no badge it is not possible to positively identify it as a Merkel unless it has the center drive crank." Again, I'm not making the claim that this bicycle is a Flying Merkel, but it certainly checks many of the boxes.

I've assumed the front fender is a replacement and the rear is original. The cranks and chainring aren't original and look possibly Excelsior. The bike is overpainted red with some rust coming through (the entirety of the bike is overpainted with the exception of the cranks and chainring which supports the premise that cranks and chainring are not original). There's a hole for a bottlecap badge. Serial number is 13344 with an H below.

As stated, this is a project and no steps have been taken to clean anything up (pic #2 shows dirt and cobwebs in the fork crown). If you've ever wanted to own one of these elusive and exclusive machines, here's your chance. Thank you for your interest and good luck.

Offer plus $85 shipping in the US. Payment via PayPal family and friends is preferred.

Please review pictures closely and message me with any questions.

-Lester

1624659


1624660


1624661


1624662


1624663


1624664


1624665
 
Top