Scarce Lehmann tinplate three wheeled wind-up EPL 345 New Century Cycle. A three wheeled vehicle with driver and boy sitting behind with parasol. Vehicle in yellow and black livery, red and white striped parasol with trade mark. Wind-up spring drive propels the toy forward either straight ahead, to the left or right while also making the parasol turn and the driver doff his hat.
In 1895 the Berlin engineer and later rocket builder Hermann Ganswindt introduced the ‘Berlin pedal-engine cab’. In the Brandenburg factory of Lehmann this mechanical marvel became the New Century Cycle.
Marks: The top of the parasol has the legend: 'MADE IN GERMANY / ENGL - PATENT / D R PATENT/ BTE S.G.D.G: PATD USA 12 MAY 1903 22 JAN 1907
Production date: 1907 - 1938
Condition: Very good condition, minor wear overall. In working order.
Dimensions: Length 12.5 cm
Height 13.5 cm
References: Lehmann Toys. The History of E. P. Lehmann 1881-1981 Jurgen & Marianne Cieslik
Art of the Tin Toy, David Pressland