Spacelander bike is one of a kind, before we move further let’s know first about the person who brought the idea and design..
Benjamin George Bowden (3 June 1906 – 6 March 1998) was a British modern architect, who is seen for the most part for his work on vehicles and bikes. Bowden structured the coachwork of Healey’s Elliott, a powerful British games car. He was additionally the architect of the Spacelander, a space-age bike which was economically ineffective when underway, yet has since become an authority’s item.
For the 1946 display Britain Can Make It, Bowden presented a structure for a profoundly smoothed out bike which he named the Classic. The bike was built of squeezed aluminum and included a driveshaft and a center point dynamo that put away vitality when riding downhill and gave a lift when riding uphill. Although the bike’s surprising appearance made significant open intrigue at first, British bike creators were hesitant to take a situation inside the high level of re-tooling expected to produce the bike. In 1949 Bowden sought after the probability of getting the Classic fabricated in South Africa , in any case, predictable with Bowden, unexpected changes in South African import strategy kept that arrangement from materializing.
Colorful Bowden Spacelanders in plain view at Bicycle Heaven
In the early or mid 1950s, Bowden moved to Michigan, inside the us . While in Muskegon, Michigan in 1959, he met with Joe Kaskie, of the George Morrell Corporation, a custom embellishment organization. Kaskie recommended shaping the bike in fiberglass instead of aluminum. In spite of the fact that he held the advanced appearance of the Classic, Bowden surrendered the center point dynamo, and supplanted the drive-train with a progressively regular sprocket-chain get together. The new name, Spacelander, was picked to augment enthusiasm inside the Space Race. Financial difficulties from the merchant constrained Bowden to surge improvement of the Spacelander, which was discharged in 1960 out of five hues: Charcoal Black, Cliffs of Dover White, Meadow Green, Outer Space Blue, and Stop Sign Red. The bike was estimated at $89.50, which made it one of the more costly bikes available. What’s more, the fiberglass outline was moderately delicate, and its unordinary nature made it hard to attachment to set up bike distributors. Only 522 Spacelander bikes were dispatched before creation was stopped, albeit increasingly complete arrangements of parts were manufactured.
Bowden structured a third emphasis of the bike, called the 300, however just alittle number of models were ever made.
Starting inside the 1980s, there was a resurgence of enthusiasm inside the Spacelander as an authorities thing. Two bike devotees, John Howland and Michael Kaplan, bought the rights to the Spacelander name from Bowden, and have fabricated alittle number of generations and new parts. The main multiplication was sold in 1988 for $4,000. The generation’s structure has been adjusted to upgrade durability.
According to one of the episode of Pawn stars, original Spacelander 1960 has a market value between $12,000 to $20,000.