Lot 176 - 1940 Warwick Tricycle
|Result||Sold - £728|
Originally a gunsmith, John Warrick, the founder was apprenticed to William Soper and the two had considerable success manufacturing rifles. After some years, the market in guns declined and Warrick turned his attention to the growing trade of bicycle manufacturing and he used both the Warrick and Monarch brands in their factory on the Caversham Road, Reading. The company specialised in delivery and later motorised tricycles, specifically for lighter items and comestibles.
Interestingly and more recently, they moved on to enamelling and electroplating including making some parts for the prototype of the Concorde aircraft.
Thought to have been manufactured around 1940, this Warrick Tricycle was restored in 1992 by Alan Jones and George Dawes with help from John Pinkerton, a cycle historian. Now Ideal for a trip to the shops, office art or corporate advertising this classic piece of cycling history falls between two stools, that of modern steam punk and classic/traditional bicycles. Interestingly, in recent years, it has even had a starring role in Tim Burton’s 2019 film, Dumbo, with Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.