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Old Jun 14, 2015, 5:43 PM   #1
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The Whizzer bicycle engine was first produced in 1939 by Breene-Taylor Engineering, a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of airplane parts. By 1942, sales of the engines had not been entirely successful, having sold only about 2500 units. The Whizzer operation was then sold to Dietrich Kohlsatt and Martin Goldman. By 1943, World War II was well underway, and Whizzer Motors were forced to lobby the United States Government for the right to continue production of what was argued to be a great way for defense workers to travel to and from work. In 1948, Whizzer sold its first pre-assembled motorized bicycle, the "Pacemaker". Whizzer motorcycle engines would cease to be produced in 1965 due to the increasingly competitive bicycle engine market.


In 1997, Whizzer motorcycles were brought back into production in the same style of the originals but with technological improvements.
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Interesting. A bicycle with a motor attached. Since it has its pedals its still a bicycle. I wonder in 1939 when this was new whether it was considered a bicycle or a moped. There is a difference between a motorized bicycle and a moped. Something about having a clutch or not. Here if the motor is electric its a bicycle, if its a gas powered motor its a gray area being tested in the courts.
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When I was over in Daytona earlier this year at the bike rally, I saw something similar to this. If I can find it I will post it picture of here.
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Rusty history, well spotted
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I really enjoy seeing unusual vehicles. Thanks for this one.
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