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Page 494. 1949 Condor ‘A3′ Gent’s Roadster (Swiss)

1949 Condor ‘A3′ Gent’s Roadster

22″ Frame

26″ Wheels

26 x 1 1/2 tyres

A Very Rare Swiss Bicycle

Original Unrestored Cosmetics

Good Mechanical Condition

 

I’ve owned this rare Swiss Condor for five years, and used it for a year as my regular road bike.

I bought it from a friend who mechanically restored it.

In 2009 I fitted it with a child seat so my baby daughter could ride with me.

Rather than treating it like a museum piece, it has been used as a daily bike, and the weather has taken its toll on the paintwork, which has surface rust over it. I’ve not got round to polishing the chrome work, which also has surface rust (which you could remove by polishing).

It’s best described as an unrestored ‘oily rag’ bike with nice original cosmetics.

As you’d expect from its Swiss heritage, this Condor is very well built and rides nicely.

It will be serviced on sale.

Worldwide delivery is available.

 

 

 

 

 

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DELPHY’S FIRST CYCLE RIDE 
I’ve owned this Condor for five years. Our daughter was just over two years old when she had her first cycle ride, on this Condor, on 11th January 2009.
It was very cold (the country was in the middle of the biggest freeze since 1963) but sunny at the beach. She loved the adventure (as well as the horn I put on the handlebars)

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History of ‘Condor-Werke-AG

The French brothers Edouard and Jules Scheffer built a factory in Courvaivre on the banks of the river Sorne, to make metal products. Safety bicycles had just been introduced and were being manufactured in large quantities in Great Britain and France, and companies all over Europe who could adapt to bicycle manufacture quickly moved into this new field of enterprise. ‘Scheffer Freres’ soon established a good reputation in Switzerland for technical innovation and quality products.

They changed their name to ‘Manufacture Suisse des Velocipedes in 1901, and by 1904 were supplying the Swiss Army and Post Office. The Belfort lion, similar to that of Peugeot, was the original company motif, the condor being adopted in 1900. The company name was changed to ‘Condor-Werke-AG’ in 1914.

The river provided electricity for the factory, but in 1908 a 25hp petrol-driven engine was added to drive the machinery.

The company had an excellent reputation for quality and technical innovation, and enjoyed motorcycle racing successes which further boosted sales. By the 1920′s motorcycle production took over, though after Great Depression of 1928 Condor revitalized the bicycle side of their business again.

The company is best known internationally for their military bicycle, the Condor ‘Militarvelo M05.’ more commonly known in the English-speaking world as the ‘Swiss Army Bike’ (My fully-kitted Militarvelo pictured below)

Motorcycle production continued up to 1978, and they made bicycles until 1995.

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