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Page 525. 1956 Harding ‘Model C’ TWS Tricycle

1956 Harding ‘Model C’ TWS Tricycle  

 THE WORLD’S MOST STUPID TRICYCLE?

 

This is another wonderful ‘white elephant’ vintage vehicle, so described because it is not particularly stable when you ride it. In theory, two wheels at the front should make a tricycle easier to ride. But when the wheels are small, as in this contraption, they are more affected by adverse road conditions – ie you need to hold on tight if you hit a rock. Also, unless the machine is well-maintained, there’s a danger of the steering jamming at full travel. Of course, all these adversities add up to its ‘white elephant’ status and make it very collectible half a century later.

As you can see, this particular example is in excellent condition, having been well restored and cherished by its previous owner.

 

 

 

 

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R.A HARDING (Bath) Ltd

19, Lower Bristol Rd, Bath, Avon

R.A. Harding was a company based in Bath, well-established pre-war as a manufacturer of ‘bath chairs.’

Like Kendrick of Reading, they also dabbled with TWS (Two-Wheeled Steering) tricycles, though the Harding models had 18″ front wheels.

In 1956 they marketed their TWS tricycle with a Cyclemaster engine fitted.

Can you imagine the effect of an unstable tricycle with small front wheels …projected along the road at 20mph?

The Cyclemaster Harding Tricycle was without a doubt the most stupid contraption ever invented.

If you really like outlandish machines, I do have a Cyclemaster engine in good condition that you could purchase in addition to this tricycle.

 

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The company was established in 1921 by Mr. J. Gordon and Mr. E. Loxley. For the company, they used the maiden name of Mr. Loxley’s wife.

In the early years, they made a greater variety of invalid carriages than any other manufacturer. By 1930 they offered 8 different models.

They built invalid carriages for the government during WW2, but found it hard to compete with AC when that company moved into the market.

Their motorized tricycles ceased production by the early 1950′s, though their tricycle range continued.

 

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