Produced from 1901 to 1915,
Centaurs incorporated innovative features
like a gear-driven magneto. The 348cc V-twins
were interesting motorcycles, though the enthusiasts
of the day probably preferred the larger single-cylinder
||1911 Centaur 2hp
|1960 Centaur Folding Scooter
This particular Centaur apparently
came from Tyrells Racing Factory in
Woking when they closed down their workshops,
and was rumoured to have been used by
them as a paddock bike in the early
The engine is an American Clinton 49cc.
It runs, and you start it like a lawnmower,
with a pull-cord.
The scooter was manufactured by Lombard
Industries in Massachusetts, between
1960 and 1962, and sold for $410.
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