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British Motorcycles

Phillips 1959 P39 Gadabout

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Once the idea of mo-peds took hold in Europe, motorcycle manufacturers worked hard to get an example onto the market. Many British companies bought in German engines to power their machines, and Phillips used the Rex. Rex was a well-established German company who manufactured front-mounted cycle-attachment engines (which were already being imported into GB and sold as the rear-mounted Cyclaid).
The Phillips moped was cheap at its launch in 1955 but it was not as good a machine as its competitors. It sold for £57 17/- 11d in 1955

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