September 1, 2012

Automoto Bicycle

I think this is an Automoto Porteur, circa 1955. According to Sheldon Brown, these were "high-end bicycles rarely seen in the US." Well, if I was into restoring bikes, I would have headed back to the thrift store where this Automoto was locked up with many other inferior bikes and bought it for the bargain basement price of $40. It still had the wheel generator and front light. The bag on the back caught my attention as I thought it might have been leather, but it turned out to be plastic.
a 1950s automoto porteur bicycle among other bicycles