1914 Lehmann, No. 683 Halloh Motorcyclist in Original Box

1914 Lehmann, No. 683 Halloh Motorcyclist in Original Box

Extraordinary example of Lehmann's legendary No. 683 Halloh Motorcyclist in excellent+ to near mint condition. Probably one of the best examples I've seen in the last 20 years. And to top it off, it comes complete with its super rare original box that includes both the its original English and German instruction sheets. The box is in excellent condition with its cover print illustration completely intact.

The toy is unique in that, like an real motorcycle, it actually runs upright on its two wheels without the aid of training wheels. The realistic effect was, and still is, amazing. The secret was a built-in flywheel which acts like a spinning gyroscope. Housed inside the frame it was capable, when new, of completing a turning radius of 39 feet on a single wind-up.

Eventually the clockwork mechanism runs down and the toy falls over which is the reason why high grade examples are so difficult to find. In fact any example is difficult to find, however those that do turn up usually have paint chips and scrapes on both arms, lower back and shoulders, as well as the face, hat, red pullover socks, and parts of the motorcycle itself......but not in this case!

Lehmann produced subsequent litho variations of their Halloh cycle called Echo, Roon, & Quex. However they all had training wheels permanently attached to the underside for balance. Only the Halloh incorporated the gyroscopic concept.

Most important; all the parts on this toy are original, no touch-ups or repairs, and it works great! (although I would not run it along the floor).

The box is pure awesome. The cover illustration shows an early 20th century motorcycle race. Three riders including Halloh are rounding the curve. Patent information pertaining to the gyro mechanism was listed on an infield sign. Manufacturer name, toy name and catalog number were included. The cover print is complete. It has approximately half of its original cover apron (flaps). The box bottom is complete.

Still factory glued to the underside of the cover are its original two bilingual instruction. The top sheet is English and underneath it is German. It includes a fantastic illustration of how to hold the toy while winding. Much of the text cautions about it's use, winding, the type of floor to run it on, etc. In other words it was fragile even when new.

Size: 8¾" long, 6½" tall. 

Sold: Feb. 2013

Price Sold: $ 5150


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