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Cycle Motorwheel - Wall 'Auto-Wheel', circa 1914 Object Reg. No: ST 033115

The Wall Auto-Wheel was designed to be attached to a pedal bicycle. It was patented (No. 14,967) by Arthur W. Wall of Birmingham in 1908 and made by Auto-Wheels Ltd in London, UK. A 20-inch (508mm) tyre is fitted to a one horsepower single-cylinder, air-cooled petrol engine. It was controlled by a single lever and cable fitted to the handlebars and was briefly popular prior to the First World War and continued to be sold in Australia during the war. By 1916 the Victorian agent was the Melbourne Sports Depot at 55-57 Elizabeth Street. The advertised price was 22 pounds and 10 shillings This example was donated to the Museum in 1981.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from J. Goodman, 1981
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: autowheels, motor cycles
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection, Motor Cycle Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Motor Cycles
Tertiary Classification: motor cycles
Manufacturer: Auto-Wheels Ltd, London, England, Great Britain, 1910-1919
Patentee: A. Wall, Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1908


Rosemary Sharples Posted on 10 Jul 2015 5:25 PM
But how does it work??? Is it a replacement for the rear wheel? Is it the reverse of a dynamo - pushing the tyre (not the wheel itself) around? What is the lever for - to engage the engine? The engine is not on a rear carrier - is it part of a mudguard?

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