13 September 1997
Excelsior "One-Two-Three" Tricycle c1880 - A very early single seat tricycle having three wheels of differing diameter; the main wheel driven through a train of bronze gear wheels via cranked tranverse pedal-shaft; steering by vertical handle, mounted beside the wooden framed seat, operating via direct connecting rods to the central rear mounted wheel; braking is achieved by a similar handle and rod rack-and-pinion system. The Excelsior is now in restored condition; the work done over a period of some four years, the machine having been found derelict in the loft of an old malthouse in 1974.
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Research would indicate that production was limited to a period between 1879-1881, and that very few if any survive in rideable condition.
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