The Mochet Velocar, introduced in 1932, created interest in the idea of semi-recumbent bicycles, and Danish engineer Holger Moller patented his variation, the ‘Moller Auto-cycle’, in 1935. It has a more upright position than the Velocar.
The Moller Auto-Cycle was sold in Germany and, in Britain, Triumph built one too, under license. Like other ‘novelty’ bicycles of the era, the Triumph Moller does not appear to have been a fast-selling model. Nevertheless, judging from the number of survivors it would appear that for a short period the Triumph Moller did enjoy a reasonable production run.
Retrospectively, its primary claim to fame is the 1936 Pathe News footage of the Triumph Moller being road tested by the well-known cyclist of the day Evelyn Hamilton (screenshot above).
1936 Moller Auto-Cycle
with Watsonian Sidecar
(US Patent January, 1936)
I imported this Moller Auto-Cycle from the USA. There appear to be two Danish variations, a subsequent model having duplex tubing like this one. However, the frame design of this machine is slightly different from either of the Danish machines, so perhaps it was built for the American market. The Torpedo coaster brake shows a 1936 year of production. As I’ve seen some Danish Moller Auto-cycles fitted with sidecars, I attached a Watsonian sidecar to it.
THE MOLLER PATENT AUTO-CYCLE
EVELYN HAMILTON TEST-DRIVES THE MOLLER
LINK TO THE PATHE NEWS MOVIE
Evelyn Hamilton info with thanks to Michael Sedgwick, published on Classic Lightweights – http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/builders/evelyn-hamilton-builders.html
Moller Auto-cycle picture with thanks to Brian Rosenberg – http://sofacykelgalleri.dk/
Other Moller pictures and advice on this model with thanks to Michael Grutzner.