Mahler Elec­tra

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

Andrew Brock­hoff from Coober Pedy con­tacted me re­gard­ing a 500cc 1967 Lilac R92 Elec­tra. His ma­chine is Frame No,F9-1121, En­gine No. R2-1121. It is be­lieved to have been one of six of this model im­ported into Aus­tralia with this en­gine num­ber be­ing the high­est in that batch. Andrew had pur­chased this from the fam­ily of the de­ceased Wal Smith of Hornsby Heights who had re­ceipts dat­ing back to when he pur­chased the ma­chine in 1992. He is at­tempt­ing to trace the ear­lier his­tory of the bike. It has been es­tab­lished that it had pre­vi­ously been pur­chased from a dealer in Lis­more. Andrew has been in con­tact with Ralph Walker, the cre­ator of the Marusho/ Lilac Reg­is­ter in the USA. The Lilac Co. Ltd is be­lieved to have ceased pro­duc­tion in 1967 and was known as Marusho in the USA. In at­tempt­ing to trace the ma­chine’s his­tory Andrew has as­cer­tained that of the six im­ported, two were ob­tained by Mo­dak Mo­tor­cy­cles, Mel­bourne. David Bean­ham’s un­cle, Harry Bean­ham was the pro­pri­etor of All Parts and I seem to re­call sev­eral Lilacs at the auc­tion held af­ter his death. I also con­tacted David who told me that his un­cle had found the Lilac ma­chines to be of a tech­ni­cal in­ter­est. He ac­cu­mu­lated a few of them and spent a con­sid­er­able amount of time at­tempt­ing to get them to run cor­rectly. David’s fa­ther Robert im­ported two of the Lilac 500 cc ma­chines and he be­lieves that only 130 of these bikes were made. One of those two his fa­ther pur­chased later went to the UK and was listed for sale in a Bon­hams Auc­tion in 2007. David tells me that this model had a prob­lem in that they sheared the bolts se­cur­ing the fly­wheel. His rec­ol­lec­tion is that the 250cc ma­chines were sold by Le Mans Mo­tors, Syd­ney.

An ar­ti­cle on the R92 Elec­tra was pub­lished in Two Wheels, May 1968 in­di­cates that the test bike was sup­plied by Mahler Mo­tors, 464 Pitt St, Syd­ney. This busi­ness is be­lieved to have closed in 1980. The test re­port is a fa­vor­able one and does ap­pear to in­di­cate that this is a new model re­cently re­leased in Aus­tralia. Per­haps with the fac­tory sup­pos­edly clos­ing the same year there might not have been any fur­ther ex­am­ples of this model com­ing into the coun­try. Edi­tor Jim was able to en­lighten me here and ad­vise that Bill Mahler was the Lilac Agent which was set into the rail­way wall al­most op­po­site Omodei’s. The pro­pri­etor was ac­tu­ally Wil­helm (Bill) Mahler and that this busi­ness may have later been in­cor­po­rated into Lon­don Trad­ing.

Andrew is seek­ing con­tact with any­one who might be able to as­sist with the lo­ca­tion of records from Mahler’s Mo­tors or else­where that might shed some light on the im­por­ta­tion and or pre­vi­ous own­ers. He would also like to hear from oth­ers who have owned such a ma­chine as well the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase an early 250 V twin Lilac.He can be con­tacted by email on char­[email protected] or phone 08 8672 5792. See you next is­sue, Pete

LEFT AND ABOVE Lilac R92 Elec­tra 1967.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.