1920 Briggs and Stratton Motor Wheel on Elgin Cardinal Motobike
The Elgin brand was one of America’s most prestigious, and Elgin bicycles were sold exclusively through Sears & Roebuck catalogues and stores. This 1930 Elgin Cardinal is a classic of its era. This wonderful machine, with its flat side tank (which is actually a toolbox with a flap opening on one side), truss front fork, cross brace handlebars and spring saddle all give this a motorcycle look. This is just the right bicycle for this nicely restored Briggs and Stratton Motor Wheel. The Briggs & Stratton Motor Wheel was the first motorized vehicle ever owned by many tens of thousands of Americans, many were attached to bicycles and some were fitted to the rear of the Briggs & Stratton Flyer Cyclecar. The bicycle Motor Wheel with its special brackets are the most difficult of the to find. Very few Briggs & Stratton Motor Wheels have survived the almost 100 years since their manufacture, so complete and functioning examples are now much sought after by collectors. This example was completely done and runs smoothly.