Modernist 20th Century /07 December 2003

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Benjamin Bowden

Bowden Spacelander Bicycle
Bomard Industries
USA, 1946/1960
fiberglass, chrome steel, rubber, metal, vinyl
72 w × 23 d × 41 h in (183 × 58 × 104 cm)

British born Benjamin Bowden originally designed the futurist Spacelander bicycle for the "Britain Can Make It" exhibition in 1946. Conceived in aluminum, the dynamic form featured a direct drive hub dynamo that stored the downhill energy and released it on uphill runs. The originally prototype for the exhibit was hand-made by the MG Auto Company. Due to the expense of manufacture, the bike did not go into production until 1960, when Bomard Industries of Grand Haven, Michigan contracted with Bowden to create the finished product. The final design was produced in fiberglass and built-in headlight and taillights were added. Ultimately, Bomard Industries went of business and only 522 examples were ever produced. This example is in original stop sign red and is in excellent condition.

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $14,160

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