1937 Adler Dreigang Type 157
Original Unrestored Cosmetics
Paint & Transfers in Excellent Condition
The Adler Driegang (‘Three-Speed’) was Germany’s best-selling bottom-bracket-geared bicycle, and was considered the ultimate in modern styling and innovation.
The combination of the eagle front mudguard mascot (‘adler’ is the German word for ‘eagle’) and its automobile-style gear-stick provide a most distinctive appearance.
German bicycle and motorcycle manufacturers had backing from the government in the mid-thirties to develop new machines to impress other countries. After the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the German propaganda machine was in full swing. (You may recall at this event the famous black American athlete Jesse Owens put German competitors in their place).
This style of 3-Speeders was popular in the mid thirties, and the Adler Driegang had competition from the Swiss Mutaped-Phoebus gearbox, which was used by the Dutch Phoenix 3-speed bicycle.
This particular example is an export ‘Sports’ model with very good original paint and transfers. It has never been restored and is totally original. I will fit new tyres.