This is a real Whizzer Motorized Bike. It was purchased in 2008 as a “Collector’s Item” as the history of these machines date back to 1939 and the California Aircraft Parts company began producing small engines for bicycles. Whizzer closed in 1965 and reopened in 1997 with new financing and produced new models from 1998 to 2009. This is one of the latter 2008 Whizzer Model NE5 Motorbikes that was never titled and held as a “Collector’s Item”. We have the original “Certificate of Origin”. Parts are still available through the Whizzer U.S.A. Inc, located in Carrollton, Texas. This machine is in (like new) great condition and ready to go. We are asking $ 1,850.00 and are accepting reasonable offers. Give me a call or Text at 352 233 7955 ask for Phil.
Here is the history:
The connection between aircraft and motorcycles is long and deep, with motorcycles predating powered flight and the nascent aircraft industry using motorbike technology to put powered kites in the air. Several founders of aviation, including Glenn H. Curtiss and Louis Blériot, flew on two wheels before they sorted out their wings, and used what they’d learned about engines— and sometimes the engines themselves—to power their crude aircraft. Breene-Taylor Engineering took the reverse route; as a Los Angeles-based airplane parts manufacturer, it was well-suited to produce small motors, and in 1939 it announced a small single-cylinder motor for sale, the Whizzer Model D, which could be attached to any bicycle. Their kit sold for $54.95, the air-cooled motor produced 1.4 HP, and a small gas tank was included, which held 2/3 gallons; about 1,000 were sold. In 1940 the new Whizzer Model E used an aluminum cylinder head for better cooling, a hotter camshaft was added to the 4-stroke motor and a dipstick was added to keep an eye on the oil; around 1,500 were sold. Breene-Taylor considered 2,500 units insufficient to warrant continued production, and it sold the Whizzer line to Dietrich Kohlsatt, who partnered with Breene-Taylor’s attorney Martin Goldman. When the U.S. entered World War II, civilian transport production was halted, but Goldman visited influential congressmen, arguing the lightweight, inexpensive machine was ideal transport for defense workers. They won their case, and Whizzer introduced a “New Model” advertised for “defense workers only,” which used a belt drive rather than the previous roller drive. With the war’s end, production moved from Southern California to Pontiac, Michigan, to make use of automotive facilities to outsource production of Whizzer parts. The engine was redesigned, and the new Model H used a 1-piece crankcase, roller bearings for the crankshaft, and a Tillotson carburetor. With 3,500 dealers across the U.S., 139,000 were sold, which would become the peak of their popularity. Complete motorcycles were sold by 1949, as top speeds rose to 40 MPH and beyond, but by 1965 Whizzer Industries had expanded into more profitable products and dropped motorcycle production. In 1997, new investors revived the Whizzer name on motorcycle production, and the Whizzer was once again on the road. Various models were produced from 1998-2009 when the production of this unique nostalgia product again ceased. This 1999 Classic model is from the second year of revived production, and it has all the charm of the 1940s model with modern reliability and excellent spares backup from Whizzer. Whizzer still delivers huge fun in a simple and charming package.