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Can't get enough Mamod mobiles? Here's some more...

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A playworn and well loved example the earliest TE from 1963

The Traction engine is perhaps the single most recognisable model in the entire Mamod range and has been since its introduction in 1963. Other model which have been added to over the years such as the DV1 delivery van, LB1 bus and FE1 fire engine have been produced in much smaller quantities. These latter models cater more for 'collectors' than avid 'steamers' and consequently seem to end up as 'shelf queens'. The whole emphasis has shifted now in terms of who buys Mamod 'toys', with the advent of electronic computers games and other interests, young children seem to be the lesser of Mamod's customer base and it is their fathers who are the main customers!

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An early 1976 Steam Roadster, 'turns over' in 'neutral'!

The SA1 roadster pictured here is usual in the fact that it uses nuts and bolts to hold the running boards and some body parts to the main chassis, I am unable to confirm whether this was a modification to the model by the previous owner or a factory fitted feature. The early roadsters were what I term as having a 'split rear drive', in that the drive was on the left form the piston to the crank and the drive to the next shaft was transmitted to the final drive shaft by a steel spring belt and the final drive to the rear wheel by another steel spring belt - however the the two final drive belts are on opposite sides of the car chassis. Later models of the SA1 as well as SA1 derivatives such as the bus and delivery van have the drive belts transimission all on the same side (right when view from above).

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A study of the artillery wheels on the SA1