The marvellous Moulton mini

 

 

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ISBN 978-0-954325-2-4

 

 

A4 format, case bound in blue Wibalin with gold blocked title on front cover and spine. Full cover dust cover printed on 130 gsm satin paper, 60 pages richly illustrated with 25 full colour line drawings, 31 colour illustrations and 51 black and white photographs / illustrations.
This useful and revealing book covers the eight different Moulton and Raleigh-produced mini models manufactured between 1966 and 1974. (Even the little licence-built Tri-ang Junior 1970 and 1980 bicycles have a small section of their own!) It has been written for the new owner, potential buyer, keen restorer, Moulton enthusiast, cycling historian or just the simply curious and there should be something inside to appeal to everyone.
The original 1966 Motor Cycle and Cycle Trader magazine interview with Dr. Moulton is reproduced to provide an insight into, and define his aims for, the new range of Moulton mini bicycles. There is a quick and easy guide to the full mini range of Moulton bicycles to provide some clarification and to help the reader better understand the differences between the various models. It also explains how some models appeared to retain their name and model number but changed their specification whilst others (basically) kept the same specification but had a name change!
In the main section, all the Moulton mini models (and the Tri-ang Junior 1970 and 1980) are described in full detail to enable the owner / buyer / restorer to establish exactly how the machine would have appeared when it was made in the middle 1960’s or early 1970’s. To help future restorers, wherever possible, reference numbers in parenthesis from the various parts, components and accessories catalogues available at the time have been added. Most small components were supplied by either Phillips or (later on) Raleigh so it shouldn’t be too difficult to identify those missing parts. Moulton and Raleigh advertising material has been used throughout to help the reader get a feel for ‘swinging’ sixties and ‘sexy’ seventies when these machines were produced.
See how the Moulton mini was produced in the Kirkby, Liverpool factory in 1966. There are 16 black and white photographs to illustrate frame assembly, painting, component assembly, wheel building, final assembly and the despatch areas. Period adverts are reproduced from 20 different Moulton mini suppliers and component manufacturers congratulating Moulton Bicycles on the introduction of their new Automatic model.
A section from the Raleigh Dealership Cycle Preparation Wall Chart is reproduced to show how Moulton cycles should have been prepared and displayed in shops to attract sales.

 

What the reviewers think of the book:

 

The Moultoneer, issue 82.

'The marvellous Moulton mini is an excellent addition to any Moulton enthusiast’s bookcase.' '......a book that can be read over and over again.... '

 

A to B Magazine, issue 62.

'....is a useful reference book for those collecting and restoring these rare little bikes, and a fascinating glimpse into the brief but heady era when the mini car, mini skirt and mini bike came together. Highly recommended.'

 

News and Views, No.321 - the newsletter of the Veteran Cycle Club.

'The research and detail are a credit to the author and the book deserves a place on the bookshelf of all cycle enthusiasts, not just Moulton fans.'

 

Cycling World, Vol. 30.6 July 08.

'It’s another wonderful book from this dedicated author and a goldmine of information for future restorers.'